Jason Segel: 'I became disinterested in comedy'
Actor Jason Segel became disinterested in his own career after focusing on one genre for too long.
The 35-year-old actor is best known for comedic roles in hit TV series How I Met Your Mother, as well as movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Five-Year Engagement, but after more than a decade in the genre, Jason felt like he had become complacent.
"By the time I came out of the other end and I was 34, I realised I had stopped thinking about making sure what I was doing was reflective of who I was as a person at that time," he confessed to Variety. "You're sort of encouraged in this business to just kind of continue doing your first success. 'You're good at that, keep doing that.' So 10 years later, I found I was just doing that and found I was now disinterested in what I was doing."
While some actors would continue down the same path, Jason decided to re-evaluate what he wanted to do.
"I said I need to take a minute and think about what it is I actually like, where I am now, and what I want to express as an actor," he continued. "I was always embarrassed to think of what I do as an art. I felt embarrassed to declare, 'I'm an artist.' It was easier to just be funny."
Thankfully for the star, the script for The End of the Tour came along at the right time, and while Jason didn't think he stood a chance at being cast, director James Ponsoldt believed in him, and his performance as author David Foster Wallace has been widely praised by critics.
"I'd done so much, but now I had to start from scratch," he explained. "And this is the beauty of a very special director, he saw something in me I didn't even see in myself.
"The big thing you're battling in this whole process in terms of fear is you say, 'I should be doing this kind of material, if they only sent me this.' Then you get the opportunity and you're faced with the possibility you're wrong. That was the biggest thing for me, to walk through that fear."
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