Michael Caine Approaches The Muppet Christmas Carol Like A Product Of The Royal Shakespeare Company

During this year’s Expo D23, which had a panel celebrating the 30th anniversary of “The Muppet Christmas Carol”, they also announced that the final full, uncut film will be released this December on Disney+. /Film’s Dalin Rowell attended a panel where director Brian Henson talked about the earliest conversation he had with Michael Caine about Scrooge, and even then, Caine knew exactly how to play the part:

“[H]e said, ‘I think the only way I can play this is if I – I will never react to anything as if they were Muppets or if they were anything out of the ordinary.’ He said, ‘I’m going to play it as if I’m playing with the Royal Shakespeare Company… I’m going to play it with total frankness and total commitment, and that, I think, will make the right Scrooge.’ “

Henson was pleased to hear Caine shared the same vision as the character, especially since Henson knew, “There’s also Michael Caine, who loves to look down at the camera and wink a little, just like The Muppets.” Caine understood that if he does then there’s no reason to tell this story or a way to connect with the audience.

Michael Caine considers what I believe to be the best human performance in a Muppets film and Ebenezer Scrooge’s best performance of any novel adaptation. His bitterness towards humanity is startling and sad. His heartbreak and remorse comes from somewhere deep inside him that makes you reflect on your own mistakes. Those things make his newfound excitement more profitable than ever. I believe he should have received an Oscar nomination for the performance, but we could settle for enchanting millions of people every Christmas for 30 years.

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