Muppets rule humans at 'Most Wanted' premiere

(USA TODAY) LOS ANGELES - The biggest stars of theMuppets Most Wantedpremiere on Tuesday night did not even walk down the red carpet.

Kermit,Miss Piggy,Fozzie Bearand Gonzo, along with hordes of other Muppets, made their way down theEl Capitan Theatrered carpet in a car and stole the show from their human counterparts, includingTina Fey,Modern Family'sTy Burrell,Ricky GervaisandDanny Trejo.

The Muppets might not be much for walking, but they know how to attract attention.

After they were driven to prime spots on the red carpet to hold court, they caused a celebrity bottleneck down the rest of the carpet. The foam creations posed in front of a faux safe full of money to signify the crime-caper comedy opening March 21.

"These guys have been icons since the '70s," said Burrell, eyeing the backup. "I'm very happy to play second fiddle to the Muppets."

Burrell plays theInterpolagent trying to crack the case in the movie directed byJames Bobin.

"If a movie premiere isn't absurd enough already, then nothing is more absurd than doing it all with Muppets," said Burrell, with a smile. "All in the best possible way."

Josh Groban, who makes a cameo appearance in the film, was not bothered by the wait in line to get past the Muppets.

"It's like waiting in line to meet the president or the queen," said Groban. "You have to kiss the green ring in order to make your way into this film. And I'm not above that."

He added, "We are mere mortals who are just here in celebration of the Muppets. I'm getting a bit of a tan from their superstar light they are throwing. I'm in awe. Just as I was on set."

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