Jason Segel lost 35 pounds for 'Five-Year Engagement'
April 25th, 2012
10:12 AM ET

Jason Segel lost 35 pounds for 'Five-Year Engagement'

Who says women are the only ones who get pressured to be a certain size in Hollywood?

According to Jason Segel, you can add his name to the list.

The “How I Met Your Mother” star says he was “forced to lose weight” for his upcoming film “The Five-Year Engagement.”

The actor - who plays Emily Blunt’s husband in the romantic comedy - made the admission Monday on the “Late Show with David Letterman."

He said it was the studio head who told him he needed to drop 35 pounds.

"I was told that it had to be conceivable that Emily Blunt would ever choose me to be her husband,” the 32-year-old recalled, adding, "which is fair."

A trainer was sent over to the set so Segel could work out twice a day, and the actor's food was monitored as well.

"I didn't enjoy it," he admitted. "But what they didn't anticipate is that I'm very clever. I play a chef in the movie, so there are a lot of scenes where I had to eat, so I would pay my co-stars nominal amounts of money to mess up their lines during the scenes so I would get to keep eating."

The funny part is that Segel was the one who wrote the film - and he specifically wrote the wife role for Blunt!

"I wrote all these love scenes with Emily Blunt and she shows up and she just has to do it because we're paying her money and it's her job,” he joked about filming with the 29-year-old.

But it’s apparently just business between the two of them: Segel is said to be dating actress Michelle Williams in real life.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. PLease!

    So, I guess nobody, Mr. Segel is bothered by the fact that this movie is saying that if one is overweight dont even think of liking anybody that is not on you weight range or as good looking as you. "GREAT" example they are setting and everybody agreeing with this idea.....yuck!. But what can I expect froma a vane and materialistic world we live in nowadays. I have seen couples who seem are not both beautiful ex:Tommy motolla and thalia, Catherine zeta jones and Michael Douglas, Jack Black and his wife. So hummm....maybe there is a thing called LOVE. C'mon! everyone that posted in this blog must know someone that was really good looking but were either jerks or dumb, so a pretty face alone doesn't cut it.

    April 26, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. derp

    He'd have to lose 35 pounds of fat, add 35 pounds of muscle and get a face transplant to get Emily Blunt. She is stunning.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. duh

    anyone who claims to have a problem with weed is a sissy, and your show sucks NPH sac

    April 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. T

    Oh well, when you have the cash to pay for a trainer and someone to whip up your meals as well, i will lose 35 lbs too !

    April 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Red Foreman

    Like I posted before: we could all look better if we had a personal trainer provided and big$$ incentive to succeed.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red's Conscience

      Well, push back the keyboard, stop wasting time with these ridiculous articles, get a life, then a career and you, too, can afford a trainer and a nutritionist and lose 35 pounds. There. Your problem solved.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 1st!

    : )

    April 25, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |

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