If you had to call comedy another name, you could call it “Judd Apatow.” The multi-talented writer/director/producer has dominated the face of funny over the past decade, and he’s responsible for some of the best laugh-out-loud films ever made. From his early features like (our childhood must-see) Heavyweights to small screen gems like Freaks and Geeks, and all the way through to box office busters like Superbad and Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, his movies have defined comedy to a generation of people, and we’re thankful for all that laughs he’s given us over the years.
But we’re not the only people who should be thankful. Some of the biggest comedy stars in the world today got their big breaks by featuring in Judd’s movies. From James Franco to Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, Mr. Apatow can spot a career-making hit a mile off. What is the deal with his insane success rate? How is he able to produce such memorable characters that propel the actors into the mega-successful stratosphere?
The answer is simple: The Man-Child. Judd Apatow is the king of the emotionally stunted, delightfully immature, hilariously inept and maladjusted male who just can’t be a functional adult no matter how hard he tries. It’s a hallmark of all of his work. Whether it’s Steve Carell’s wax agony in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Seth Rogen staring down the barrel of fatherhood in Knocked Up, or Jason Segel’s nude and heartbroken misery in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, we laugh so hard at these folks because we see our own faults in their complete and utter dysfunction. So in honor of Judd’s big day, we counted down our 15 favorite man children that he brought to the screen. We hope you enjoy it!
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The bad news first: 1) We have no time machine to fix the errors of the past; and 2) this Freaks and Geeks reunion of which we speak was just for the January issue of Vanity Fair, not for a TV special or a spinoff about Nick and Lindsay’s daughter. Exec producer Judd Apatow (whose birthday, incidentally, is today) guest-edited this first-ever Comedy Issue of the magazine, and used that as an opportunity to gather the whole gang from (the non-Glee) McKinley High for a photo and a really long oral history of the show that aired from 1999-2000.
“This is the first time the cast has been together in a room — all of them — since the year 2000,” Apatow says in a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot. “We’re excited because I don’t think this will ever happen again.”
Guys, today is the day Magic Mike comes out and changes our lives forever. Okay probably not, but we do get to see Channing Tatum strip on the big screen, and that still feels pretty important. Despite the way everyone woman (and, let’s be honest, man) is foaming at the mouth to see Alex Pettyfer and the gang take if off this weekend, it turns out Magic Mike is only the most recent in a long line of awkward, dramatic, sexy, humiliating moments in male movie nudity. From Jason Segel‘s weepy reveal in Forgetting Sarah Marshall to basically every movie Ewan McGregor has ever done, enjoy what we consider to be the top 10 moments in cinematic dude nakedness. Though…aren’t they all pretty excellent? Warning: There will be butts.
The Mayans predicted it centuries ago! You are going to see End of The World when it comes out next summer because it has each and every one of your favorite people in it! For example, Rihanna and Emma Watson were caught running in terror on the film’s set in New Orleans today, and we know how much you like them. Joining the ladies for their last fictitious moments on earth were Jonah Hill, Aziz Ansari, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Mindy Kaling, Michael Cera and a host of other celebrities you’d want to hold hands with as the moon crashes into the sea. We call Jonah and Mindy!
Actually, the way in which the planet meets its demise in Seth Rogen‘s directorial debut is still a mystery. According to Splash, while filming on the lawn of what is supposed to be James Franco‘s house (note: genius), “the cast were highly animated whilst following a marker that will later be transformed using CGI” into what we’re assuming will be your classic Death Meteor. Wait a minute…if the Mayans are right, we’ll never get to see this movie! That’s a deep cut, Mayans. We’re going to hope for your sake that you’re wrong, in case we see you in the afterlife…
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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.
Related: Red Carpet Report: The Five-Year Engagement Has A Busy Opening Night
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!
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Related: Will Emily Blunt And Jason Segel Get Hitched In The Five-Year Engagement?
We kind of suspected Jason Segel would be an awesome boyfriend to have, what with the taping photos of his new girlfriend to his phone and the being obsessed with the Muppets and all. Now that The 5 Year Engagement actor is opening up about his budding relationship with Michelle Williams, we are patting ourselves on the back for being right. “I think we would just very much like to be happy. That’s all I’m going to say about it,” Segel told Extra when asked about dating the My Week With Marilyn actress. We would just very much like to be happy. How sweet is that? And they’ve only been going out for, what, three weeks? We’re going to try our best not to be jealous of Michelle Williams, but first she can pull off a pixie cut and now this… It is going to be a struggle.
Not that Jason is completely without baggage; his naked junk has appeared on a few tens of thousands of movie screens in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. But that’s not who he is! Clearly he’s evolving! “He’s a man-boy! He used to be a boy-boy and now he’s a man-boy,” joked Emily Blunt, Jason’s costar in the upcoming rom-com. “I think I might even be becoming a man-man… potentially!” Jason claimed. We can’t even imagine how awesome Jason Segel will be as a man-man. Will you let us know, Michelle? What’s that? You can’t hear us because we’re talking to ourselves? Alright then.
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Hold the frickin’ phone, guys! Couples like these come once in a blue moon, in the manner of The Notebook-esque romance of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling (Ryachel, for-evah!) You would think that Michelle Williams and Jason Segel in the photograph, in the middle, would be shooting a scene for a movie. That would explain their handsy, canoodling proximity? It turns out that it’s not for a film, so bring on the squees! Michelle and Jason are dating, report US Weekly. They are united in coupledom, so to speak. Could this be any cuter?
Of their relationship, a source has revealed, “They are smitten and very serious.” We wouldn’t want it any other way. Apparently, the two have been pals through Williams bestie Busy Philipps for a couple of years now, but it only recently just went the romance route. They’re on different coasts too — Williams is in Brooklyn and Segel is in L.A — but as the source added, they’re “trying to make it work. She hasn’t been this happy in a long time.” Awww, we’re rooting for them. The photograph of them arm-in-arm was taken just a couple of days ago in Brooklyn, FYI. Segel was also seen helping Williams 6-year-old daughter Matilda on her scooter the very next day. Très adorable! It was on to the West Coast then with dates at the Chateau Marmont and Comme Ca.
Not to put any pressure or anything but … MAKE. IT. WORK. GAIIZZZ! With divorces and break ups happening at an alarming rate, we need to gush over couples like you. McAdams and Gosling left a hole in our hearts that we never thought would heal again until you two decided to take it to the next level. Cupid just got a promotion so let’s make sure he stays there a while!
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