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Jason Segel at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations Presents "Shrinking" at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on March 23, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

Jason Segel is opening up about why he was “really unhappy” towards the end of filming the popular sitcom, How I Met Your Mother. During The Hollywood Reporter’s Comedy Actor Roundtable, the Shrinking star chalked up his feeling of unhappiness to a lack of creative freedom. Despite his success in television and film, Segel said that in “the last couple of years” of filming How I Met Your Mother, he had to “grapple with why? What’s off about this equation?”

The actor, 43, admitted that though”it’s really great to make the decision of ‘f— it, I do what I want,'” there is a “system of permission in place.” He said that the people in charge will say things like, “‘We don’t give a s— [what you want to do].’ Like, ‘Good for you, man.'”

What Would Norton Do?

During the round table, the actor also opened up about wanting to expand his horizons in other genres following the sitcom’s series finale in 2014. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do next,” Segel recalled. “I really wondered if I was actually good enough to do drama. I took a movie called The End of the Tour to play David Foster Wallace. The degree of difficulty of it not looking like a Saturday Night Live sketch, when you get the glasses and the bandanna, and you’re saying the lines, felt so high.”

He compared the differences in preparing for the role, as it was completely different from comedy. “There was a lot of improv in how we came up, and these were big chunks of dialogue,” he said. “I literally just played in my head, ‘What would Edward Norton do?’ I got a dialect coach, and I did all these things that I heard you do if you’re a real actor. But man, I was scared.”

Forever Connected To How I Met Your Mother

Despite moving on from How I Met Your Mother, Segel shared in January that he would be open to reprising his role as Marshall Eriksen on the show’s spinoff, How I Met Your Father. He told ET that he would “do anything” for the show’s creators, adding, “Those people changed my life, and I would do anything they ever asked me to.”

Paul Rudd's Funniest Moments in Film and Television

Paul Rudd is a man of many hats: he’s one of the sexiest men alive, he’s a hilarious comedic actor, he’s an incredible dancer and he plays numerous instruments.

You may know him from 2009’s I Love You, Man for “slappin’ da bass,” or as seemingly stupid Ned in 2011’s Our Idiot Brother. Rudd has taken on many acting roles, but most of us know him as the Ant-Man aka Scott Lang. The actor made his debut over 30 years ago in 1991 when he starred in a Super Nintendo commercial. The following year, Rudd made his first television appearance, starring in the drama series Sisters, appearing in 20 episodes across three seasons. He then left the show to film his breakout film role in 1995’s Clueless as Alicia Silverstone’s love interest, Josh.

From there, the New Jersey native’s acting roles came pouring in. He starred in the best rendition of Romeo + Juliet (1996) with Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes and John Leguizamo as Count Paris. In 2002, he was cast on Friends as Mike Hannigan, who dates and then marries Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow).

The early 2000s is when Rudd really made his mark as a comedic actor. In 2004, he began working with director/producer Judd Apatow, first on the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, then the following year on The 40-Year-Old Virgin. He subsequently worked with Apatow in 2007’s Knocked Up, as frustrated husband Pete, married to Leslie Mann’s character Debbie.

Take a look below at the funniest Paul Rudd moments in film and television (Warning: many of these scenes are NSFW*):

  • This Is 40 - Hemorrhoid / "Erase That From Your Memory"

    Paul Rudd frustratingly snapping pics of his anus while his legs are in the air in front of a vanity mirror is one of his funniest moments in This Is 40.

  • Wanderlust -- Mirror Scene

    No matter how many times we watch this film, Rudd trying to pep himself up to swing always gets us cackling with laughter. So many quotables from this mirror scene like, “You like my… erection selection?”

  • Our Idiot Brother -- Busted

    Rudd’s oblivious Ned doesn’t quite realize when he’s being set up in this hilarious scene. After being approached by an officer to help him “toke it up,” Ned does a good job of warding him away. That is, until he starts to feel sorry for him for having a hard week.

  • Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job -- Celery Man

    Before Severance was Paul Rudd’s computer sequence in Tim and Eric, where we witness his insane dancing. The flarhgunnstow is our personal favorite.

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall -- Chuck's Powerful Life Advice

    Rudd plays the super laid-back surf instructor Chuck aka Kunu and gives Jason Segel’s Peter some powerful life lessons in this scene: “When life gets you lemons, just say, ‘f— the lemons’ and bail.”

  • Reno 911!: Miami -- Ethan the Drug Lord

    Rudd is hilarious in this obvious parody of Scarface, down to the horrible Cuban accent and haircut. Somehow, Rudd’s Ethan pulls off threatening his hostages with his vicious weed whacker in this scene.

  • Anchorman -- The Rigid Ghost

    Paul Rudd is hilarious as Brian Fantana in the Anchorman movies. He’s always got something rare and weird to show off behind his secret wall compartments. In this scene, he gives Steve Carrell’s Brick Tamland a walkthrough of which condom he should choose for his date ever with Chani (Kristen Wiig).

  • 1. I Love You, Man -- The Best Bond

    This movie is so hilarious, it was difficult to pick just one moment. In this particular scene, Segel’s Sydney is trying to get Rudd’s Peter to pose like Bond and give him his best impression while he films him. Rudd is not only adorably awkward, but the accent he puts on is just horrendous.

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