Q&A with actor Jason Segel
Segel: I got a state championship, as a matter of fact. It's just a fond memory of when I was in shape.
Segel: Yeah, it was such a terrible nickname. I competed in a national dunk contest and I finished second to
Segel: Well, it's obvious. It's because I operate. [laughs]
Segel: It was three dunks. I did one where I lobbed it to myself and did a reverse. And I attempted the 360, but it was a narrow miss. And then another where I pulled my jersey over my head and dunked, which seemed cool, but I could totally see through my jersey. It was a black jersey, too, but I could see right through it.
Segel: Absolutely. I'm going to lose my medical license.
Segel: I am. Most of my family is from Boston, and we're the one satellite family from Los Angeles. My brother lives in Boston now, for example, and I've got, like, 15 family members strong in Boston.
Segel: Lakers, but I have a great affinity for the Celtics. If the Lakers aren't in the playoffs and the Celtics are, then I'm a Celtics fan. The '80s were just the greatest family rivalry time, even though I was so young. And then last year, it was unbelievable. I stuck with the Lakers, but there were some really nasty texts going back and forth.
Segel: Yes. Basketball is more important than family. If it comes down to it, you gotta choose your team. You know, you can get another mother or father. But you can't get another basketball team.
Segel: My father is a Celtics fan.
Segel: Yeah, totally. Exactly.
Segel: Yeah. When I was pursuing
So we get there and we're sitting, and immediately, the head of the studio sees what's going on and you can tell he's just like, 'Oh, god.' And you know, it's going OK, but it's really awkward. It's like being set up on a blind date. And so I'm sitting there and thinking, 'Oh, this is not going well,' when all of a sudden,
And then he gave me a high-five and walked back onto the basketball court. And the offer came in the next day.
Segel: I had never, ever met Kobe Bryant, but I can officially thank Kobe Bryant for getting me my part in Gulliver's Travels.
Segel: I'm playing Horatio, Gulliver's Lilliputian buddy, which is also hilarious because I'm gigantic. I'm 6-foot-4 and they're shrinking me down to 6 inches tall.
Segel: Yeah, you know, I've always been called an oaf ... but when you're 6-4, anyone under 6 feet looks exactly the same height. I cannot discriminate between 5-8 and 5 feet. I have no idea. All I can see is the top of your head. I can tell you what the top of your head looks like.