There’s been a lot of pre-release hype surrounding Forgetting Sarah Marshall‘s star and writer, Jason Segel. There’s also been plenty of hype surrounding his penis. Not because it’s an amazing penis, but because it winds up becoming a bit player in the film itself. Not to be overshadowed by his penis, Segel is a talent on the rise (catch him on the great CBS sitcom, How I Met Your Mother). Chris Lee at the Los Angeles Times tries to get to the bottom of the penis appeal in Forgetting Sarah Marshall:
Judging by reactions at its South by Southwest Film Festival premiere last month, “Sarah Marshall’s” breakout performance isn’t delivered by protagonist Jason Segel (of “How I Met Your Mother” and “Freaks and Geeks” fame). The movie’s most captivating screen presence — and its already much buzzed-about primary talking point — is what a Harlequin romance novel might refer to as Segel’s “manhood.”
The 28-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. No clever “Austin Powers”-style genital obfuscation with props. No artful lighting to preserve any mystery about Segel’s man junk. And for emphasis, the camera cuts away from close-ups of his teary visage (he’s being dumped by his girlfriend, Kristin Bell, as the titular Sarah at the time) to wider, phallus-inclusive shots three times.
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.