Frank Oz

  • Aired:  11/28/12
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Frank Oz discusses his famous performances as Yoda, Fozzie Bear, and more, and explains why he prefers "Little Shop of Horrors: The Director's Cut" over the original. (7:31)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) >> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE ORIGINAL VOICE OF BOTH YODA AND COOKIE MONSTER.

I'LL ASK HIM IF FOUR COOKIE Cs.

PLEASE WELCOME FRANK OZ.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) THANK YOU, HEY, NICE TO MEET YOU FRANK OZ.

CAN I CALL YOU FRANK OZ.

>> YOU CAN.

>> Stephen: FRANK OZ -- >> CAN I JUST SAY SOMETHING?

>> Stephen: YES.

>> MY FAVORITE PART OF YOUR SHOW BAR NONE IS WHEN YOU INTRODUCE THE GUEST AND YOU COME HERE AND

TAKE A BOW.

(LAUGHTER) I LOVE THAT.

>> Stephen: WELL, I'VE GOT TO GIVE THESE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT.

>> IT'S GREAT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) >> Stephen: WELL, THAT'S GREAT TO HEAR.

>> I MEAN IT, I THINK IT'S HYSTERICAL, AND YOU DESERVE IT.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, I PUT THE MOST THOUGHT INTO IT.

>> OF COURSE.

>> Stephen: WELL, EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU, OF COURSE, AS BEING THE VOICE OF MISS PIGGY, THE

VOICE OF GROVER, THE VOICE OF FOZ ZI BEAR, THE VOICE OF ANIMAL AND THE VOICE OF YODA.

>> YEAH, IT'S SO WEIRD, THOUGH.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S WEIRD.

>> THAT YOU SAY "THE VOICE OF." SO WHAT WHO DOES THE CHARACTER?

>> Stephen: THE PERSON DOES.

FOZZIE THE CHARACTER.

>> Stephen: >> PHYSICALLY HOW IS IT?

>> Stephen: WELL, ISN'T THERE A REAL YODA?

OH, OKAY, SO YOU DO ALL THAT STUFF.

>> IT'S SO WEIRD.

PEOPLE ARE SO USED TO ANIMATION THAT PEOPLE JUST DO THE VOICES, BUT WHEN THE PERFORMERS, THE

MUPPETS DO IT, IT'S -- THE VOICES ARE ONLY 10%, THE REST IS 90% OF IT.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

OKAY.

>> 92%.

>> Stephen: DO YOU EVER GET PISSED OFF THAT PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THE MUPPET MORE THAN THEY

RECOGNIZE YOU?

(LAUGHTER) I MEAN, BECAUSE -- ARE YOU EVER TEMPTED TO MAKE A MUPPET THAT LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE FRANK OZ SO

YOU CAN GET A LITTLE BIT OF THAT MUPPET LOVE YOURSELF?

(LAUGHTER) NOT THAT YOU'RE NOT SLIGHTLY MUPPETISH.

>> I'M THRILLED.

I CAN -- I CAN BE -- BE THE STAR AND THEN I CAN GO BUY MY PORK AND BEANS OR DO MY LAUNDRY.

>> Stephen: THAT SOUNDS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL DAY.

PORK AND BEANS AND LAUNDRY.

YOU LIVE THE HIGH LIFE, MAN!

YOU ARE LIVING THE DREAM!

>> MUNDANE STUFF LIKE THAT, IT'S WONDERFUL.

>> Stephen: ARE THERE MUPPET GROUPPYS?

LIKE ANIMAL IS A DRUMMER.

DOES ANIMAL GET ANY ACTION?

>> WHAT DO YOU MEAN ACTION?

>> Stephen: WHAT?

>> WHAT DO YOU MEAN ACTION?

>> Stephen: GROUPIES, MAN, WE'RE ALL ADULTS.

ACTION, MUPPET SEX.

(LAUGHTER) >> SO YOU SAID IT.

>> Stephen: YOU MADE ME SAY IT.

>> I DIDN'T ASK YOU.

>> Stephen: I INSINUATED AND YOU EXSIN WAITED.

>> I MIGHT HAVE DRAWN YOU OUT, BUT IT WAS THERE.

>> Stephen: DO MUPPETS HAVE SEX?

(LAUGHTER) >> WHAT?

(LAUGHTER) >> Stephen: I'M WONDERING HOW YOU GET NEW MUPPETS, IS ALL I'M ASKING.

HOW DO YOU GET NEW MUPPETS?

>> I'M A BIG BOY.

>> Stephen: WE'RE ALL ADULTS HERE.

>> WELL, I DON'T ACTUALLY -- I HAVEN'T PERFORMED THERE THE MUPPETS FOR MANY YEARS AND WHEN

I DID I DIDN'T MAKE THE CHARACTERS.

THERE WAS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO WERE VERY TALENTED WHO WERE THE WORKSHOP WHO MADE

THE CHARACTERS.

>> Stephen: SO THAT'S WHERE THE ACTION IS.

>> I CAN'T TELL YOU WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS THERE, WHETHER THERE'S ACTION OR NOT.

>> Stephen: IT'S A FAMILY SHOW.

>> BUT IT WAS DONE IN THE WORKSHOP.

>> Stephen: OKAY, GOOD.

YOU WERE FAMOUS FOR DIRECTING "LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS." >> I AM.

>> Stephen: IT'S A CULT CLASSIC FROM 1986.

>> AROUND THERE.

>> Stephen: 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOVIE IS COMING.

THERE'S A NEW ENDING ON THE END.

>> YES.

WELL, IT'S THE ORIGINAL ENDING.

>> Stephen: NOT THE ENDING I SAW.

I SAW IT IN THE THEATER, IT HAD A HAPPY ENDING.

>> IT HAD A HAPPY ENDING, BUT THE ORIGINAL ENDING-- WHICH IS ABOUT A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF

WORK BY RICHARD CONWAY-- WAS EXCISED ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO BECAUSE THE SCORES WERE SO LOW

THAT THEY WOULD NOT RETHERE'S MOVIE --.

>> Stephen: WHEN THEY DO MARKET TESTING?

SHOWED IT TO THE AUDIENCE?

>> AND I DIDN'T DO THE MARKET TESTING.

I WAS THERE AT A SAN JOSE SCREENING AND THEY LOVED THE SHOW UNTIL WE KILLED THE TWO

STARS ELLEN AND RICK.

SO THEREFORE HOWARD ASHMAN, WHO IS BRILLIANT-- AND I KNEW WE HAD TO DO IT-- WE HAD TO HAVE A

HAPPY ENDING.

>> Stephen: LET'S LOOK AT THE ORIGINAL ENDING.

WE'LL SHOW IT RIGHT HERE.

(SCREAMING) (LAUGHING) ♪ ♪ >> Stephen: THAT WAS A LITTLE TABLE TOP --

>> IT WAS A LITTLE TASTE OF --.

>> Stephen: THAT WAS TABLE TOP -- >> THAT'S ALL REAL.

ABOUT A MILLION DOLLARS.

THAT WAS ABOUT A YEAR'S WORK.

>> Stephen: THAT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!

>> YES, YES.

>> Stephen: AND IN THE FIRST VERSION YOU HAD A HAPPY ENDING.

DO YOU PREFER THAT OR THIS?

>> HOWARD AND I BOTH PREFERRED THAT.

>> Stephen: WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST STICK TO YOUR GUNS?

>> BECAUSE I KNOW WHEN I'M IN AN AUDIENCE AND I CAN FEEL THEM TOTALLY AGAINST ME --.

>> Stephen: RIGHT NOW, LIKE RIGHT NOW.

>> LIKE NOW.

(LAUGHTER) IT'S A VERY WELL-KNOWN FEELING I HAVE.

THEN I DON'T NEED CARDS.

AND WE DID A SECOND PREVIEW IN LOS ANGELES AND I ASK DAVID GEFFEN IF WE COULD DO IT AGAIN,

SAME THING HAPPENED.

>> Stephen: SO WHY CHANGE IT?

I PAID GOOD MONEY TO SEE THE HAPPY ENDING IN 1986.

WHY CHANGE THIS?

YOU HAD A PERFECTLY FINE -- YOU DON'T CHANGE THE ENDING TO A CLASSIC, YOU KNOW?

YOU DON'T CHANGE ROSE BUD INTO A SNOW CONE MACHINE.

>> Stephen: YOU PREFER THE HAPPY ENDING?

>> I ENJOY WHATEVER ENDING I PAID FOR ORIGINALLY.

I'M A CONSERVATIVE AND I DON'T LIKE THINGS TO CHANGE.

(LAUGHTER) >> OKAY.

I JUST WANTED TO DO IT -- I WOULD HAVE ASKED YOU FIRST, BUT I WANTED TO -- (LAUGHTER)

I WANTED -- I SHOULD HAVE.

I JUST WANTED TO GIVE RICHARD CONWAY HIS DUES.

HIS TEAM DID ALL THE WORK SO THAT'S WHY I WANTED TO DO IT.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, OKAY.

ARE YOU GOING TO CHANGE THE ENDING OF ANY OTHER MOVIES?

MAKE THOSE DOWNERS?

>> NO, I PROMISE I WON'T.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> NO.

>> Stephen: END OF "IN AND OUT" MAYBE KEVIN KLEIN IS CRUSHED TO DEATH?

SOMETHING LIKE THAT?

>> (LAUGHS) >> Stephen: BERT AND ERNIE, THAT'S A STRAIGHT SITUATION, RIGHT?

(LAUGHTER) TOTALLY STRAIGHT?

BECAUSE I HEAR THINGS.

ARE YOU EVER TEMPTED TO USE YOUR CHARACTER'S VOICES TO GET OUT OF BAD SITUATIONS?

>> LIKE WHAT SITUATIONS?

>> Stephen: JUMP INTO YODA WHEN YOU'RE PULLED OVER AND SAY (AS YODA) "NOT SPEEDING, WAS I, OFFICER?"

(LAUGHTER) >> NO.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE MISSING OUT ON A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.

>> (LAUGHS) >> Stephen: WHAT'S IT LIKE LIVING YOUR LIFE?

I KNOW THEY'RE NOT VOICES, THEY'RE CHARACTERS, BUT WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING FAMOUS FOR A

CHARACTER WHO ISN'T YOU?

WHO GETS TO SAY AND DO THINGS YOU DON'T GET TO DO?

(LAUGHTER) I'M ASKING FOR A FRIEND.

(LAUGHTER) IS THAT FUN?

DID YOU ENJOY THAT?

>> (LAUGHS) FRANK, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

FRANK OZ.

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