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Role in the film
A profligate playboy and sponger, Nicky has a parasitical relationship with his sister. Unbeknownst to her, he is a notorious jewel thief in cahoots with her models, Marla, Carla, and Darla, and the mastermind behind the theft of her own jewels, prior to an attempt on The Fabulous Baseball Diamond.
However, Nicky is blindsided by an encounter with Miss Piggy, whom he soon develops a passionate affection for. His desire for her is outweighed by his greed, however, leading him to betray her.
Called upon to explain his motivations, Nicky responds, "Why am I doing this? Because I'm a villain, it's pure and simple."
While the part was ultimately played by Charles Grodin, Jim Henson originally considered two other actors as written in his journal, "Some very good looking dashing leading man type to be Kermit's rival - Robert Redford? Christopher Reeve? he's totally in love with Piggy - she treats him like dirt."
- A cameo for Nicky was written in an early draft of The Muppets, but Charles Grodin declined to appear in it.
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