Every day until Valentine's Day, Entertainment Weekly is celebrating our special romantic-comedy-themed Untold Stories issue. Check out all our behind-the-scenes tidbits, reunions, and oral histories — and follow LoveEWstyle on Twitter and Instagram. The shock causes him to drop his towel, showing both Sarah and the audience more of him than they could have ever expected. But that wasn't always the plan. But it just slowed down the scene so we ended up not doing that.
The year-old comedian is presented in his full-frontal glory over the course of a cringe-worthy breakup scene that involves Segel naked, dripping wet and sobbing like a 6-foot-4 baby. At SXSW as the Austin, Texas, film fest is known , every time Segel was shown au naturel, the totality of his package nearly brought the house down with laughter. Still, the actor-writer contemplated inequalities between male and female film nudity before putting his family jewels on display. The upshot: Some 20 audience members reportedly stormed out of a test screening in disgust. It really makes me laugh in this day and age, with how psychotic our world is, that anyone is troubled by seeing any part of the human body. In letting it all hang out, Segel joins a select boys club of big-name stars who have gone memorably bottomless. We get it right away, and it lives forever. The Awards and Industry Insider brings you exclusive awards season coverage, the business of show business and more. Hot Property.
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Take Forgetting Sarah Marshall for example. Forgetting Sarah Marshall should give Segel the same kind of buzz, if nothing else because he appears fully nude in the film. It just so happens he is staying at the same resort occupied by Sarah and her new beau, a hyper-sexualized rock star named Aldous Snow Russell Brand. But Peter seems to ignore these promising emotions in favor of his continuing post-break-up torture. Throughout the film, the poor schmuck unpacks his story to a crop of Apatow regulars, including Hader, Paul Rudd as the baked surfing instructor Kunu, and Jonah Hill as a waiter with a hardcore man-crush on Aldous. All these guys end up saying the same thing: move on, crybaby. And Peter will move on. He has to move on because the laws of romantic comedy insist upon it. Many romcoms rely on formula to get there, but Forgetting Sarah Marshall breathes fresh air into the genre by providing an unexpected twist in its third act.
Plus after both Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill made it big, it was time for the next big lovable schlub from the Apatow Family Players to take their shot at the lead spot. Distraught and heartbroken, Segel becomes more unhinged when he discovers, via tabloid TV, that Marshall has begun dating British music Lothario Aldous Snow played by new troupe member Russell Brand; a good fake YouTube clip explains this below. After some trainwrecky attempts at womanizing himself, the lost at sea lead escapes to Hawaii at the behest of his step-brother Bill Hader only to discover much to his horror that his ex-girlfriend and her terminally hip jagweed rocker boyfriend are vacationing in the exact same spot. Segel is the sensitive one of the pack, or at least he knows how to write that way and his flair for writing some painfully honest come-to-jesus relationship moments in the film are downright disarming Mila Kunis who we never cared for before is also incredibly adorable and charming as the girl that gets Segel on the road to recovery. Wisely, any scene that threatens to get too mushy with emotion is quickly undercut with the comedic equivalent of a fast lovetap flick of the nuts. At the final moment, I cried I always cry at endings. Call us a wuss, but we kinda loved this sweet little film. Home News.