Jason Segel is completely on board for a How I Met Your Mother reunion, should one ever take place, the actor said Sunday at the Austin Film Festival.
Calling the show a defining moment in his life, Segel said, “I’d be around for whatever those guys wanted to do. It changed my life.”
When asked what direction he’d like to see the story to go in, he said he had no idea. “I would leave that to the writers. One of the great things about my relationship to that show is I never got involved in the writing, I just tried to execute what these brilliant writers did, so I would leave that to them, as usual,” said Segel.
The actor and writer, known for the hit show as well as such film comedies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I Love You, Man, was on hand to introduce a retrospective screening of 2011’s The Muppets, which Segel starred in, wrote (alongside Nicholas Stoller) and executive produced.
He said he was excited to show The Muppets, as opposed to one of his other films, because of the positivity of the movie. “Amidst everything that’s going on in the world right now, it seemed like a really fun, just nice, just positive thing to do,” Segel explained.
As for which Muppet he relates to, he said he’s a mix of Kermit and Fozzie Bear. Segel joked, “I think onscreen I try to be like Kermit, like some everyman’s surrogate, but in life I think I’m a little more like Fozzie Bear. Just, like, mediocre puns with full confidence.”
Although his career has largely been defined by comedies, Segel did have a dramatic turn in the biopic The End of the Tour as novelist David Foster Wallace, for which he received critical acclaim. For him, he says, it’s not so much about choosing drama over comedy as it is being able to relate to the material.
“So, in my twenties, I felt like Forgetting Sarah Marshall. That was sort of where I was operating from. It’s a pretty honest depiction of where I was at 25 years old. And I’ve always had a bit of me that’s Muppets. But I think I’m in my mid-thirties now and I’m just thinking about different stuff,” he said.
For instance, the actor next stars in The Discovery, a film with Rooney Mara and Robert Redford that Netflix acquired the rights to back in June. Segel can relate to the film because, he said, “It’s sort of a meta-physical thriller that is about questions about what life is about,” adding, “That was really, really interesting to me.”