"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!Everyone gets to speak their mind."Bell, however, did have to act opposite the full frontal Segel."I just committed to eyes in the sky," she jokes about filming that scene."He has a hilarious neediness about him that has always made me laugh," the producer says."He's a fun actor to watch because he's the guy who thinks he's hiding his emotions, but they're so obvious.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.
His kid sister Alison roared, but he caught a tear rolling down his mother Jill's face. "The next day she sent e-mails to my entire family saying, 'I just want to make you aware about Jason's full frontal nudity but' -- and this is my favorite part -- 'I do want to emphasize that it is completely in context.' "For Apatow, Segel's goofy, pained vibe felt like star material from the outset.
As the 28-year-old Segel put it over dinner recently at the Chateau Marmont, "For some reason, I was born without a sense of embarrassment or shame."It's a trait comedy impresario and "Sarah" producer Apatow picked up on 10 years ago when he cast the gangly teenage Segel -- a high school basketball state champion nicknamed "Dr.
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.
"Judd said, 'I've written this for you.' I could not have been more excited. Segel believes it's been Apatow's mission to prove to everyone that the "Freaks" cast deserved better than first-season cancellation.
"We were on a plane, Judd and I, and he leaned back and let out a deliberate exhale, like you could tell a joke was about to come. Now I can sleep.' "Although "Sarah" may be Segel's exorcising of certain relationship demons, the irony is it comes at a time when he's too busy to be any girl's devoted paramour.
Marshall toured nationally with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and received a best supporting actress Tony Award nomination for playing Rusty Mayerling in installment “The Deadly Years,” Marshall portrayed Dr.