The Movies' New King of Comedy Strikes Again

Hollywood loves a good laugh. And Judd Apatow, producer and writer behind such recent hits as "Superbad," "Knocked Up," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," seems to be supplying most of them recently.

With former "Freaks and Geeks" star Jason Segel handling writing and acting duties, the two have embarked on a new tour de force, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," a wild break-up comedy that begs the question: "How much of Jason Segel do you really want to see?" The two recently sat down with Peter Travers for "Popcorn" on ABC News Now to discuss the movie, their past work experiences, muppet aspirations and… getting naked.

"Well," Segel said on the inspiration behind their new movie, "it's basically just ten years of hapless dating. I'm not very good at dating or relationships and I always end up generally getting dumped and some woman leaves my house just wildly relieved to be free and so it seemed like a good area for me."

Surviving the Naked Break-Up


Segel explained the origin of the soon-to-be notorious break-up scene, where his character gets dumped in the buff while the offending woman stammers the hurtful words. "I had a naked breakup, earlier on in my twenties. This woman called me from the airport and said, 'I need to come see you,' which I don't know, I thought that meant let's have sex. But, she arrived at my house and I was there waiting for her naked. I thought that would be cute, which I've never done. I was clearly delusional, because the first thing out of her mouth was, 'We need to talk.' And then this breakup begins and all I kept thinking to myself is,'Tthis is the funniest thing that's ever happened to anybody.' So I put that in the old storage unit and I started writing it when Judd told me the only way I would ever work again is if I wrote my own material."

To read Peter Travers' Rolling Stone Review of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," please click here.

Apatow continues, saying "It makes for a hilarious scene, because the scene is actually very sweet. It is about being blind-sided, where you think your relationship is going okay and someone just knocks you out in one punch. And then from there, it really becomes about trying to get over somebody and how difficult it is, even when the relationship is a mess."

Confronted with the relationship horrors that their film's alter egos regularly go through, Apatow and Segel readily admit they have no shame. "I feel like I was born without a sense of shame for sure. Yeah, absolutely. I'm pretty pitiful in most ways," Segel confesses.

Apatow adds: "I'm not sure I'm making him have no shame. Making him… be naked, which is something I've always wanted. I don't know why, but I've always wanted him to be naked."

While Apatow was able to lend his legendary producing skills to "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," Segel was the creative force who wrote the script. "I've always said to Jason, 'If you want to get to the place, where you can be a lead in movies, you'll probably have to write it yourself, because you don't fit into maybe the parts that people are casting for.' People like Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey, they wrote their first movies. That's how they broke through,'" Apatow explained.

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