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' " By "this," the graduate of the golden Judd Apatow School of Comedic Training means turning his dating humiliation into fodder for a romantic-comedy-literate and raunch-attuned movie audience.
As heart-crushed TV music composer Peter Bretter, Segel wrings some cringe-worthy laughs out of a literally and figuratively naked romantic who flies to Hawaii to recuperate only to find his sexy TV actress ex (Kristen Bell) cavorting at the very same luxury resort with her new British rock star beau (Russell Brand)."I thought, disaster in paradise, a funny juxtaposition," says Segel, who gives his protagonist hope in the form of a cute, compassionate hotel employee (Mila Kunis), but not before subjecting him to several broken-guy gags that would make even Alan Alda tell him to man up: fetal position wailing, ill-timed confrontations, self-pitying piano playing.
"It's like my sickness," Segel says, "but the whole time I'm trying to be present, and all I'm thinking is, 'This is the funniest thing that has ever happened!
Let her leave so I can write this down immediately!
This time limitation was particularly evident in the final season of the show, which took place over just a single weekend.
The series also found itself in an interesting position towards the end of its run.
Dunk" -- to play the unabashedly obsessive torch-carrier Nick Andopolis for his seminal, short-lived coming-of-age series "Freaks and Geeks." After that was a memorable guest stint as the jealous, weepy boyfriend Eric on Apatow's other brief-run series, "Undeclared." Now as Marshall, the youthful urbanite Segel plays on the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," he is a happily married man, but last season's busted-engagement story line afforded the actor plenty of hilariously mopey episodes.
Segel traces the roots of this comic persona to a piece of direction Apatow gave him for "Freaks" when Nick serenaded his crush Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) with the cheesy Styx ballad "Lady." Recalls Segel, "He came up beforehand and said, 'It has to be really embarrassing but really sweet, really genuine and really funny.' And I just figured that's what my life is like in general, so I would just be as honest as I could."Segel dated Cardellini for a few years after "Freaks." Does he think people might assume Bell's philandering girlfriend role is based on his ex? "I was still very much a child [then], and this was more an amalgamation of a lot of different relationships and breakups I've had.
People are bound to talk, but she was a great girlfriend."Bell, meanwhile, stresses that what impressed her about her costar's script was its acknowledgment of the complexities of romance.
Ostensibly the story of a man in the future telling his children the complicated story of how he met their mother, the show was really mostly about a group of five friends and their various life experiences throughout their late 20s and early 30s.
While the show was eventually one of CBS' most popular sitcoms, it struggled in the ratings for the first three seasons (leading to "back-up" mothers if the show was canceled earlier than expected, as detailed in this earlier TV Legends Revealed).