Jason Segel finally brought his "labor of love" to life and could not mask his excitement at the Hollywood premiere of "The Muppets."
"It's certainly up there," Segel told OnTheRedCarpet.com when asked if the premiere was the best day of his life. "I never dreamed that I would be writing and starring in a Muppet movie. Everyone just seems so happy - that was my goal."
The Muppets are a group of puppets the late Jim Henson created in the mid-1950s, which include Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rowdy "Animal." They starred in several of their own television shows throughout the years and the franchise has also spurred several films, such as "The Muppets Take Manhattan" in 1984, "Muppets from Space" in 1999.
Segel, who stars in the comedy series "How I Met Your Mother," co-wrote the script of the film. "The Muppets" also stars Emily Blunt, Mickey Rooney, British funnyman Ricky Gervais, Charles Grodin and television chef Rachael Ray. Alan Arkin, Mila Kunis, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Whoopi Goldberg, Wanda Sykes and 2012 Oscars host Billy Crystal are all set to make cameos, among others.
"Everyone's having an amazing time and that's what the Muppets are all about," Segel continued. "More than anything, it's about walking away with a smile and I think we've achieved that."
In the film, Segel's new puppet Walter joins him and Amy Adams to bring the Muppets back from obscurity.
Segel has been a life-long puppet fan and an amateur puppeteer since he was young. The 31-year-old actor previously told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he has big ambitions for the franchise and hopes to continue to bring the Muppets to a new generation of fans.
Segel rose to fame on Judd Apatow's short-lived but beloved series "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared." He has also appeared in films like "Knocked Up," "I Love You, Man" and "Bad Teacher." He also stars as Marshall Eriksen in the long-running CBS series "How I Met Your Mother."
"The Muppets" hit theaters on November 23. Watch a trailer below.
Additional reporting by Tony Cabrera, special correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).