In April 2017 we at Tellafoto found an interesting subject for our very first pilot documentary production. We went to the small town of Rättvik in northern Sweden to interview Lars Åke Bäckman, a man widely believed to be the inspiration for The Swedish Chef character in The Muppets Show.
In this twenty minute pilot documentary we begin to try to piece together why it is that so many belive Lars to be the inspiration for the muppets character, and what does it feel like to have so many people continuously saying such things? What does it mean to have elements of your personality supposedly taken and made manifest in a puppet? A puppet that wound up becoming one of the most famous puppets in the world.
Swedish Subtitles available