The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons has a secret he’d like to get off his chest, and like a hand that’s been inside controlling you, sometimes it’s just good to get things out.
The thirty-eight year old actor appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, wherein Parsons finally found himself able to discuss his secret role in The Muppets, that of original puppet Walter’s human reflection. Kimmel showcased the musical clip from the smash revival movie, which sees Walter contemplating his identity as a human, along side his brother Gary (Jason Segel) contemplating his identity as a muppet.
Parson’s recalls how tightly guarded the role was, relating:
“For the longest time, I wasn’t allowed to talk about it! I would go do interviews, and they would say ‘you cannot mention The Muppet movie. Don’t even talk about being in it!’ It was like a state secret! Finally, I was like “okay, this is making me crazy! I respect the decision, but it’s on iMDB! The internet can talk about it, and I can’t talk about it!”
Parsons also confessed that prior to signing onto the role as “the human side of a puppet,” he had been unaware there would be any singing to the role. His top-secret script mentioned his participation in a musical number, but it wasn’t until director James Bobin dropped by his dressing room with a boombox that Parsons knew he had lyrics to memorize.
“I thought Jason Segel, and the main puppet Walter would be doing things, and me and the other muppet would just kind of dance, or whatever, and I thought ‘that’s great!’”
The Muppets continues to perform well in theatres (even with all the hoopla surrounding The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) and Jim Parsons can be seen regularly as Sheldon Cooper on the ever-popular CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.