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Watch Sir Ian McKellen Teach Cookie Monster How to Resist Cookies

It's holiday cookie season — can you resist?

Sesame Street regular/everyone's favorite muppet Cookie Monster has lived his entire life without knowing what the word "restraint" means. Fortunately, Sir Ian McKellen, one of this generation's most talented screen and stage actors, is on hand to explain the concept. After using a couple of examples, Cookie Monster still doesn't get it. But when McKellen brings out a cookie, and explains that Cookie Monster must resist his favorite snack to demonstrate to viewers the importance of the concept, he complies: "Ok, ok, in name of vocabulary, me stop myself, and me resist the cookie."

But can Cookie Monster let a good cookie go uneaten? Watch the clip to find out.

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