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Chris Cooper loved light hearted role in The Muppets

23 November 2011

Hollywood great Chris Cooper known for American Beauty, Me, Myself & Irene and The Town has spoken about his role in the upcoming big screen outing for The Muppets revealing that he enjoyed being a part of a more light-hearted film for once.

Speaking to Moviefone he said "Yeah, I had a wonderful time, you know, my agent working with me sent this script over and it's quite a departure from what I usually play - more heavy characters.

But it came at a good time because I had been putting out the word, so to speak, that I was looking for some light comedy or light material.

Though Tex Richman, the character I play, is a pretty tough customer, it was a lot of fun to work with the Muppet company. It was just terrific fun. I get to do a little hip-hop number."

However the actor who is currently filming Robert Redford's The Company You Keep was nervous about participating in the dance number and cites Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Concords for helping to put him at ease adding "Yeah, I worked with Bret McKenzie - people probably know him better from Flight of the Conchords - and he wrote most of the lyrics and music.

We worked together for about three hours and, not so much improvised, but Bret would make a suggestion like, 'Throw in a James Brown sort of grunt, see if you can do that' - little textures here and there.

That was the piece we could use when we were filming the dance number and I could lip-sync to it. And it worked out very well."

The Muppets opens in UK cinemas on February 10 and features a stellar cast including Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Adams, Neil Patrick Harris, Ed Helms, Selena Gomez, Jason Segel, Danny Trejo, Jack Black, Rashida Jones, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Mickey Rooney, Liza Minnelli, Wanda Sykes, Beth Broderick, Judd Hirsch and Alan Arkin.

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