Hey, I love 'The Muppets'! As a society of sentient creatures, we all pretty much love 'The Muppets.' It's funny, it's self aware, it's sentimental. Do you know what else 'The Muppets' is? It's a movie with not a great ending. As Badass Digest points out, that wasn't always the case.
In the final film (yeah, spoiler alert) the Muppets attempt to raise $10 million in an effort to save their studio from the dastardly Tex Richman (Chris Cooper). They don't come anywhere near that goal, though -- as we learn in the credits -- a well-timed bowling ball to the head convinces Richman to give the Muppets their studio back.
In the original script, the Muppets do reach their goal (with the help of Statler and Waldorf), which means the hastily put together ending of Richman just giving the studio back wouldn't have been necessary. But what's even more interesting here -- again, according to Badass Digest -- is the backstory of Richman's "maniacal laugh." Apparently, there is a deleted scene that fills in the back story of Richman's childhood love for the Muppets, but Richman, for as much as he loved the Muppets, did not have the ability to laugh -- hence the verbalized "maniacal laugh." (This is also referenced on the 'Muppets' soundtrack during an extended version of "Let's Talk About Me," the rap song that Cooper performs in the film.)
The bowling ball to the head at the end of the film would restore Richman's laughing ability, giving him a happy ending, too. But, in the current version, Richman's ability to laugh is an afterthought to the Muppets getting their studio back.
You can listen to the full version of "Let's Talk About Me" below. The backstory portion occurs at 1:20.
[via Badass Digest]
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