Gail from Corrie looks really like Kermit the Frog

It’s uncanny right?

Jim Henson and his right-hand man, Kermit the Frog

Martin Platt and his right-hand woman Gail Tilsley, soon to be leather jawed battle-axe Gail Platt. Later to become Gail Hillman. Currently Gail McIntyre.

And I’m not the only one to think this either, check out the Facebook group “gail platt looks an awful lot like kermit the frog???“. For once, 50 people agree with me.

So this silly revelation does give me a good excuse to post the a link to a great Time article I read on the train to and from Ottawa over the weekend.

I actually consumed it in the old-fashioned way… in a magazine which I had just paid for. Ãœber retro eh. Anyway, it’s a look ahead to the new Muppets movie which hits the US/Canada on November 23rd but is not expected to hit UK/Ireland theatres until February 17th next year. Sickener.

I’m not sure whether the vibe is coming from the Muppets or from Jason Segel, but everyone is really happy on this set. Actually, I’m not sure there’s much of a difference between the Muppets and Segel, the 31-year-old star and co-writer of the new Muppets movie (in theaters Nov. 23). Between takes, Segel out-Muppets the actual Muppets, his grin still Kermit-wide long after the real Kermit the Frog closes his mouth and collapses around puppeteer Steve Whitmire’s hand. In the right opera balcony above the stage — which looks a lot like the original Muppet Show set — crusty Muppet critics Statler and Waldorf shake their heads disapprovingly at Segel’s enthusiasm. In the left opera balcony, the movie’s producers shake their heads too. “If you could peel away Jason’s skin,” says producer Todd Lieberman, “there might be felt underneath.”

Exclusive: On the Set of the New Muppets Movie (
By Joel Stein – Wednesday, June 08, 2011

When I first read about the Muppets movie last year I feared it might end up being a messy self-indulgent Jason Segel project. But then, a few months ago we saw a first look report and some set photos in Entertainment Weekly which somehow convinced me this thing might just work.

The trailer a few weeks ago for a seemingly un-related film called “Green With Envy” really upped the anti – I only wish I’d seen it in a cinema first…

It’s not easy being green y’know.

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