I am so dating myself here, but whatever.
I first noticed Jason Segel in a television series – unfortunately, very short-lived – Freaks and Geeks, way back in the day…I believe it was 1999. To say that I loved the show would be the understatement of the century. I knew then that the cast would go on to great things! But to think that the leading men would just blow the women out of the water in their careers, well…I wonder if they aren’t surprised themselves at all they’ve accomplished since then. I also noticed Jason Segel in the indie flick SLC Punk! but it was no surprise that the movie didn’t strike box office gold (Sorry, Matthew Lillard)…
The next time I saw Jason Segel, he was gracing the new Fox show, Undeclared. He played another sweet, slightly kooky boyfriend…and again, I was peeved when they cancelled the show so soon after it’s first season! I began to wonder if Judd Apatow would ever catch a break…
Jason Segel appeared in a few things after Undeclared was cancelled in 2002, but nothing really showcased his talents…
Not until Knocked Up, anyway. Thank you, Judd Apatow, for creating something that was not only hilarious, but showcased Jason Segel in a light that made people take notice. Also? I laughed as I realized that basically the funniest characters in the movie were Apatow’s favorite actors from his previous failures. I had my fingers crossed that Jason Segel would follow in Seth Rogen’s lead and start starring in his own movies…
In 2005, a new sitcom began to air that I liked right away…of course I am talking about How I Met Your Mother. In my humble sitcom-loving opinion, it’s the best show since Friends. I think it’s every bit as good as Friends. Yes, I said it. I love How I Met Your Mother – the entire cast, not just Jason Segel. But he’s the reason I tuned in for the first time, and he is the reason I will continue to watch it, until it inevitably gets cancelled because he’s become such a huge movie star that he can’t fit it into his schedule anymore.
I hope that never happens.
And then IT happened. Not only did Jason Segel star in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but Segel cowrote the movie. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t see that movie solely to see Jason Segel on the big screen.
And I’d be lying if I said that I looked away when he dropped his towel.
I know you looked too.
What happened next? I love you, man. I wish that my husband would have a bromance with Jason Segel. Not only is Jason Segel hilarious, but he is charming and sexy at the same time. No matter how crude or silly his character, he always carries it off.
I think that I love you, man was the movie that ensured Jason Segel’s continued success. After 2009, it seemed that he was in everything – and I am not complaining. He was in three movies in 2010…
- Gulliver’s Travels
- Get Him To The Greek
- Despicable Me
- Friends with Benefits
- Bad Teacher
- Jeff Who Lives at Home
- The Muppets (For which I had the pleasure of being invited to a sneak peak screening!)
I’ve watched as Jason Segel has grown from that gawky, stoned high school student in Freak and Geeks to a leading man starring opposite Mila Kunis and Cameron Diaz…
And I think that this is just the beginning, don’t you?