Jason Segel Lost 35 Pounds In Order to Co-Star With Emily Blunt in 'The Five-Year Engagement'
Jason Segel may be dating Michelle Williams, but she's not the one who forced him to drop 35 pounds. Actually, Jason's weight loss had a lot to do with his gorgeous co-star, Emily Blunt!
The hilarious actor appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman last night and revealed that although he wrote The Five-Year Engagement, the producers almost didn't let him star in his own film because he was too fat!
"I was forced to lose weight for The Five-Year Engagement... by the studio president!" Jason laughed. "I was told it had to be conceivable that Emily Blunt would ever choose me as her husband. Which is fair," he explained, with a bit of humor.
Jason went on to explain how torturous the diet was, and how he eventually found a way to cheat the system.
"I didn’t enjoy it, but they sent a trainer to set and I had to work out twice a day and then he would watch me eat all day and monitor my eating," Jason explained, adding, "but what they didn’t anticipate was, I’m very clever, and I play a chef in the movie, so there were 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 in the scenes so I would get to keep eating!" What a trickster!
And although Jason struggled to star in a movie he wrote, the How I Met Your Mother star admits that there are definitely perks to being the screenwriter.
"It’s really fun and there is some advantage to writing the stuff," Jason joked. "Like, 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!"