Peter is a regular guy who feels he’s living a meaningless life, without joy or pain. On this journey, he learns to wake up, to take risks, to enjoy life and to feel and be emotionally vulnerable.
Jason Segel starred in James Ponsoldt's critically acclaimed dramatic biopic, The End of the Tour, in which he starred as writer David Foster Wallace opposite Jesse Eisenberg. The film recounts the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Eisenberg) and Wallace, which took place after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking novel, 'Infinite Jest.' The End of the Tour premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to amazing reviews and was released by A24 in July 2015. Jason received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for "Best Male Lead" for his performance in the film.
Segel was last seen in Come Sunday opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Martin Sheen, Lakeith Stanfield and Condola Rashad. The film is based on a true story about evangelical minister Carlton Pearson in Tulsa, Oklahoma who is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Netflix in April 2018.
Segel can next be seen starring opposite Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck in The Friend, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall.
Segel landed his first major leading role as "Peter" in Nicholas Stoller's Forgetting Sarah Marshall which he also wrote. The film was released in 2008 by Universal Pictures and made over $100 million worldwide. Segel wrote a "Dracula" musical performed by puppets, which was a personal idea and passion he incorporated into the film, emboldening him to pitch his concept for a Muppets movie. He, along with Stoller, signed on with Disney to write The Muppets, which made over $150 million worldwide. Additionally, the film won an Academy Award in 2012 for "Best Original Song" for "Man or Muppet," written by Bret McKenzie and performed by Segel.
Segel also collaborated with Stoller in 2010 to write and co-produce the film Get Him to the Greek, where Jonah Hill and Russell Brand reunited as co-stars in a spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The film grossed over $90 million worldwide and won the Teen Choice Award for “Choice Movie: Comedy.”
In 2012, he starred in Judd Apatow's This Is 40 starring opposite Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann for Universal Pictures. The film is an original comedy that expands on the story of Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann) from Knocked Up as we see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life. Knocked Up grossed over $300 million worldwide and was recognized by the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Comedy, was nominated for a Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy Movie and was named one of AFI's Top Ten Films of the Year. Additionally, This Is 40 was nominated for a 2013 Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy Movie.
Segel's other film credits include: The Discovery, The Five-Year Engagement, Bad Teacher, I Love You, Man, Jeff Who Lives at Home, Gulliver’s Travels, Despicable Me, Slackers, The New Jersey Turnpikes, S.L.C. Punk, Can’t Hardly Wait, Dead Man on Campus, among others.
On television, Segel starred in the CBS hit comedy series How I Met Your Mother opposite Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, and Neil Patrick Harris. During the show’s nine season run, it was nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy Series,” a People's Choice Award for “Favorite TV Comedy” and a Teen Choice Award for “Choice TV Show: Comedy.” He also starred in Judd Apatow's Emmy nominated television series Freaks and Geeks for NBC as well as Apatow’s Undeclared for FOX.
In addition to his work in television and film, Segel made his debut as a children's book author with 'Nightmares!', published by Random House and co-written by Kirsten Miller. The first installment of his middle-grade trilogy was released in September 2014 and debuted at #2 on the NYTimes Bestseller List. The second book, 'Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic', was published in September 2015, and the third and final book in the series, 'Nightmares! The Lost Lullaby' was published in September 2016.
Furthermore, Jason and Kirsten are teamed up again for a second book series called 'Otherworld', which is a young adult trilogy. The first book was published in November 2017 and garnered a spot on the NYTimes Bestseller List.