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Next 'Muppet' Villain -- Destined to Play the Bad Guy

11/9/2010 5:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kermit better reserve his seat at the Oscars now -- because Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper tells TMZ, he not only signed on as the villain in the new "Muppets" movie ... he was born to play the role.

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Cooper -- who won Best Supporting Actor in 2002 for his role in "Adaptation" -- left BOA Steakhouse in L.A. last night and told us, playing Muppet-villain Tex Richman is "in his blood" ... adding, "I come from a long line of Texans."

Yee-haw.

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truth    

FIRST

1360 days ago
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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

1360 days ago
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Bill F. Murray    

Cooper's role in A Time to Kill was small, but he was very good there as well.

1360 days ago
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sean    

I think he was the dad from next door with the Nazi plates in American Beauty .Also good in Syriana as a corporate slimeball in a D.C law firm.

1360 days ago
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Ehécatl    

who dat?

1360 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

boring

1360 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Ooooo I remember him. He plays a great bad guy. Martin Sheen too is another scary bad guy because it doesn't fit him & is so unexpected.

1360 days ago
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smelly-melly-jelly    

MELLY get HIGH as hell on passover days

1360 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

Never heard of him.

1360 days ago
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Y do he got    

he has not training

1360 days ago
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femonanon    

Jenny's dad!! From All My Children back in the day. This guy is one terrific actor, really.

1360 days ago
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andy    

Yeah, Chris Cooper is a brilliant actor. He was in a lot of western type movies in the 90's, and then merged toward playing a lot of "bad guy" type roles. He played a bad guy (spy) in the suspense drama "Breach", and also played the long time town criminal in the TV series "Jericho" (one of the best characters on the show). Chris Cooper did, however, play a "good" character in the movie "The Kingdom" with Jamie Fox and Jennifer Garner. He's great, in whatever he's in!!!

1360 days ago
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TMZ@Froggy.biz    

It'll be the death of his career.

1360 days ago
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Annie    

I LOVE Cooper! What a great actor!

1360 days ago
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nobleday    

The Muppets will live forever!

1360 days ago

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