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Between dancing up a storm in Colombia and embracing her badass texting Tumblr alter ego, Hillary Clinton has been rapidly padding her pop culture resume. But as Secretary of State, she has to draw a line somewhere — and unfortunately for Segel, the cutoff is big-screen comedies.
The writer-actor had mentioned a few times that he’d love to work onscreen with the iconic Washingtonian, telling Us Weekly in March that he felt she had a knack for comedy and that he tells people Clinton is the mysterious, titular mother is in How I Met Your Mother. Always one to keep her ear to the ground — she has to monitor chatter from around the world, after all — Clinton caught wind of Segel’s messages and penned him a sweet yet crushing rejection letter, which reads as follows (via Politico):
“I was delighted to read about your interest in sharing the big screen with me. As you can imagine, I am a little occupied at the moment, but perhaps someday I can help you forget Sarah Marshall … again. My only condition is that there be Muppets involved, and that is non-negotiable. In the meantime, you have my best wishes for continued success with your career.”
In that case, Segel better get back involved with that Muppets sequel, which he has ceded to his co-writer Nicholas Stoller. Perhaps Judd Apatow, Segel’s long-time producer, was able to convince Clinton otherwise, though, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
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