Watch Jason Segel Portray David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour' Trailer (Video)
"The more people think you're really great, the bigger the fear of being a fraud is."
"I'm not so sure you want to be me — just be a good guy," reflects Jason Segel as he portrays David Foster Wallace. "The more people think you're really great, the bigger the fear of being a fraud is."
A24 released a trailer for the anticipated onscreen snapshot, written and directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now). Based on the memoir by Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, the summer release follows his personal five-day interview with the Infinite Jest author, 12 years before his suicide in 2008 at age 46. Jesse Eisenberg stars as interviewer Lipsky, while Segel stars as his subject, Wallace.
The film has garnered positive reviews since its Sundance world premiere, which also includes a potentially career defining-and-changing performance from Segel as the thoughtful and depressed Wallace. However, it is also opposed by the late writer's estate, as Wallace’s devoted fans and family are adamant the writer would never have consented to his interview transcripts being adapted into a movie.
Nevertheless, as Eisenberg says, "You don't crack open a thousand-page page book because you heard the author was a regular guy. You do it because he's brilliant."
The End of the Tour hits theaters July 31.