Jason Segel on The Muppets and cynicism.
- Interviewer: You mentioned earlier about the move away from cynicism...which is a beautiful thing, but one of the tropes of our generation is cynicism, and it is embodied in, say, The Simpsons. So how do you walk that line of being funny, without playing to what has become the card to play in order to be funny?
- Jason Segel: There's a reason the Muppets have endured for forty years. I can't think of anything else that's done it. And I've figured out why, I believe. It's that the Muppets remind us of who we wanted to be when we were kids. They remind us of our best selves. You know, there's something about this wide-eyed innocence, 'I can achieve anything', that the world, sadly, beats out of you as you get older. And, you know, you come to terms with the reality that, 'no, I can't be anything. I gotta pay the bills." Well, the Muppets have never lost that. They do believe they can accomplish anything, and they do believe friendship is more important than money. All the things that, when we were kids, we hoped that we held onto those things, and then down the road it just, it goes away. But not for the Muppets. So for an hour and a half, you get to remember what you wanted to be.
- Dang, I nailed that answer.