I imagine most writers dream of being the star of their novel or screenplay — unless the lead is some kind of unrepentant serial killer, and even then I suspect it’s still a sleazy kind of catharsis. But unless your name is Jason Segel, your dreams of headlining the poster and getting the girl will never be fulfilled.
But don’t be too bitter. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Segel didn’t nab that sexy of a lead. He’ll be starring in the untitled Muppet movie he penned for Disney, so the only girls he might get will be made of felt. Not much is known about the film, which will be directed by James Bobin, except that it centers on a man (Segel) who seeks to reunite the Muppets so that they can save their studio.
We can laugh that he penned himself into the leading role, but he does love the Muppets, so it’s only natural. I know I dreamed of being of in a Muppet movie. In my heart of hearts, I probably still do.
Then again, he did write and star in Forgetting Sarah Marshall too. Look what that got him. A posh Hawaiian shoot. Beautiful actresses. Cool costars. Fame. Fortune. A Muppet movie. He’s going to have an enviable habit of this, isn’t he?
Oh well. Again, let’s not begrudge him. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to finish that script about a entertainment reporter who has to choose between Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, and Viggo Mortensen before nabbing the female lead in a remake of The Outlaw Josey Wales ….