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Max is the secondary antagonist of the 1979 live-action film The Muppet Movie. He is the naive assistant and chauffeur of Doc Hopper.
He was portrayed by Austin Pendleton.
Max is the naive chauffeur who aids Doc Hopper in his villainous plan to kill Kermit the Frog. He supervises the construction of the latest fast food franchise known as Doc Hopper's Frog Legs. He brings Kermit to Doc Hopper's attention as a prospective spokesperson.
Max by degrees turns out to have knowledge of the actualities of the fried frog leg business, and the moral stand of Kermit brings about a crisis of conscience.
Max, Doc, and the other men are ultimately scared away by Animal, who had taken more than enough of Dr. Honeydew's Insta-Grow Pills and appears as an oversized monster.
- Austin Pendleton refused the role of Max until the late James Frawley wrote more for the character to do, because he really wanted Pendleton for the role.
- According to Austin Pendleton, James Frawley was not very good for directing the movie, and did not get along with the Muppeteers.
- Austin Pendleton was born on March 27, 1940 in Warren, Ohio, 39 years before the film's release.