'It took us a beat to realize how funny they were,' admits Apatow
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The cast of Freaks and Geeks — which included Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel — have proven to be a remarkably talented bunch of folks, both on- and off-screen. But creator Paul Feig and executive producer Judd Apatow had a very limited view of their gifts when they cast the beloved high school TV dramedy, as the pair reveal in an exclusive clip from a new bonus feature on the forthcoming Blu-ray set, Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (out March 22).

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“It took us a beat to realize how funny they were,” says Apatow. “When we hired Jason Segel, we didn’t think, ‘Oh, this guy can write this.’ And we didn’t know how funny Seth was — we just thought he had a funny voice, and seemed like a weird guy, and it felt natural that he would be part of this group. And it took us a little while to go, ‘Oh, he might be like a genius-guy!’ “

You can see the clip above.

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