Despite what you may think upon seeing the trailer, or just hearing the name The Five-Year Engagement, the movie is not about a pair of commitment-phobes. Violet (Emily Blunt) and Tom (Jason Segel) really do seem to want to get married, they just let a lot of other things get in their way. But Blunt and co-star Alison Brie know they would handle things much differently.
“You gotta crack the whip and get on with it, because you run into all kinds of trouble, like [our characters] do,” Blunt told VH1 News at the red-carpet premiere last week. “If you want to do it, you gotta just do it.”
Brie agreed. “I mean, look, I’m honestly not a super weddings-y type of person, but I do think that if you’re going to take the step and propose and get engaged, that’s the big leap there,” the Community star said. “Then just get married! Follow it up!”
The relationship woes of fictional people were not really much on the actresses’ minds at the premiere, by the way. They were too intent on clowning around: Emily barged in on co-star Kevin Hart’s interview, and Alison turned our request for her to reprise her character’s British accent into a weird New York mobster thing. We don’t mind, though. That kind of playful energy is kind of the best way to sell a comedy, isn’t it?
In case you haven’t gathered from our Jason Segel gushing earlier this week, The Five-Year Engagement has landed pretty high on our list of all-time great romantic comedies. It’s funny, believable and moving without ever feeling too, well, rom-com-ish. Also, it’s really great to look at. Which is why we were thrilled that the movie’s costume designer, Leesa Evans, who was the mastermind behind Bridesmaids’ great looks last year, got on the phone with VH1 Celebrity to chat about her work. She’s a longtime collaborator with director/writer Nick Stoller and writer/star Segel, which means her job is a whole lot more than putting actors in pretty dresses and hip T-shirts.
“During the design process and the fitting process you come up with things that feel right for the characters that weren’t written but add to the development of the character absolutely,” Leesa explained. Things like, the fact that at the “Dress as Your Favorite Superhero” New Year’s Eve party where Violet (Emily Blunt) and Tom (Jason Segel) first meet, Violet is dressed as Princess Diana and Tom is wearing a giant pink bunny suit. “I said, ‘We’ve got to put him in the most adorable ridiculous thing that a big guy could ever wear. … How about a pink bunny?’ And we all laughed so hard that that was it. There was never a discussion of anything else because seeing Jason in a bunny suit would just make us all laugh so much.”
Peruse this gallery are more of Leesa’s stories behind the looks from The Five-Year Engagement:
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Maybe you fell in love with Jason Segel when he was Nick on Freaks and Geeks. Maybe you found him as Alyson Hannigan’s other half on How I Met Your Mother. Perhaps it took his perfect bromance with our other true love Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man. The Muppets might have been your thing, or his side-clutching “Kemper-pedic” mattress ad on SNL. Seriously, if none of those won you over, you have a cold, dead heart — and you are probably the studio head who told him to lose 35 lbs for The Five-Year Engagement.
We have our own theories about why we love the 32-year-old actor/writer/producer/composer/puppeteer. What we really wanted to do was get a second opinion on whether Jason Segel the man is as dreamy as all of his characters. And since Michelle Williams was busy, we spoke to Leesa Evans, his personal stylist as well as the costume designer for The Five-Year Engagement, Sarah Marshall and I Love You, Man (in addition to Bridesmaids, American Pie and many more impressive movies).
“I’ve known him since he was 19, and it’s nice to see him remain this humble, kind and good person,” Evans told VH1 Celebrity, explaining that she met him in his Freaks and Geeks days (she didn’t work on that show, but she’s part of the whole Judd Apatow crew). “Jason is a very kind and good human being. He cares about the people he works with a great deal. He takes a vested interest in the family filmmaking environment that we have … with this whole group of people that we work with so often.”
First off, I have seen The Five-Year Engagement, and I can tell you that it absolutely cements my opinion that Jason Segel is the best romantic lead of our time. He is just so believable and endearing and frustrating and lovable. Anyway, /gush off. At the New York premiere of the film last night, VH1 News’ Janell Snowden played coy about the fact that he is fully, openly dating Michelle Williams now, and instead got him to speak hypothetically about whether he would ever consider a super long engagement like the one in the movie.
“My plan is to get her to marry me as quickly as possible, so that she doesn’t find out who I really am,” he said. “I’ll do it romantic, but I’ll do it over a three-day weekend. We’ll meet on a Friday, have our first date on Saturday, get engaged by Sunday and get married on Monday.”
While that does sound romantic in its own way, I am rather enjoying what we’ve seen of his slightly more extended courtship of Williams. She was at the premiere (though she didn’t walk the carpet), and the Daily News reported that they were holding hands during the afterparty at the Museum of Modern Art, where Segel gave an impromptu dance performance to “Don’t Stop Believing.” Yep, that would definitely sweep me off my feet.
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Jason Segel Talks About Dating Michelle Williams, Is Already The Best Boyfriend
When you put Jason Segel and Emily Blunt together in a movie, there’s no way we’re not going to watch. Besides, with Jason being such an awesome boyfriend to Michelle Williams, we like him even more. Their movie, The Five-Year Engagement, premiered last night at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York, and Emily knocked it out of the park in a black-and-green belted Jason Wu dress. Extra marks for the parrot green pumps and that amazing makeup.
Other stand-outs on the carpet included Alison Brie who was perfect in a white, form-fitting Victoria Beckham dress, and Olivia Wilde in a long printed Yigal Azrouel maxi. Camilla Belle also wore a Chinese silk cheongsam by Jason Wu and nailed it. Amy Poehler looked like a very sexy dream in a white lace blouson with black trousers and came with dream date, Aubrey Plaza. But we’d like to give first prize to little Zoe Niemkiewicz who was an adorable little tyke in her tulle frock. And out way past her bedtime, we might add!
[Photos: Splash News Online]
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