Freaks and Geeks (2000)
Segel says his uncomfortably sincere serenade to Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) was ”an empowering moment for me. We knew it had to be big comedy.”
In a John Hamburg-directed episode, he sobs after a college girl dumps him. While crying may draw laughs, ”what’s much, much funnier is a guy just losing his s—.”
Knocked Up (2007)
Those improvised one-liners that discomfited Alison (Katherine Heigl)? Blame writer-director Judd Apatow. ”Judd said, ‘Whoever is funniest, I’ll keep in the movie.”’
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Segel shot his nude breakup scene in front of a large crew over two 14-hour days. ”You really are being judged on your criteria,” he jokes.