A little over eight years ago, Jason Segel showed his penis for a fleeting moment in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and set the bar for going-for-it male nudity. Spoiler alert from here on forward. In the movie Samberg plays Conner, the titular pop star, who made a name for himself after breaking up the band he got his start in, called the Style Boyz. Schaffer plays the third Style Boy, Lawrence, who hates Conner for not giving him credit for writing his breakout verse. In the dick-reveal scene, Owen, Lawrence, and Conner end up confronting each other inside a limousine.
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Photos courtesy of Universal Pictures. Forgetting Sarah Marshall came out in , the year I was finally legally allowed to watch R-rated movies by myself. Quite the pairing for my initiation into adult film-viewing: one, a terrifying and bleak murder movie, the other, a movie that starts with Jason Segel hanging out with his flaccid, dumped penis for all to see. However, it is not gratuitous and is essential to the plot. Though "essential" might be a stretch, the scene is refreshing, especially following a slew of comedies that gaze too intently at the naked female body. Even though the film is now a decade old it hit theaters on April 18, , Segel's dick still feels like a change of pace from standard bro comedy fare.
Take Forgetting Sarah Marshall for example. Forgetting Sarah Marshall should give Segel the same kind of buzz, if nothing else because he appears fully nude in the film. It just so happens he is staying at the same resort occupied by Sarah and her new beau, a hyper-sexualized rock star named Aldous Snow Russell Brand. But Peter seems to ignore these promising emotions in favor of his continuing post-break-up torture. Throughout the film, the poor schmuck unpacks his story to a crop of Apatow regulars, including Hader, Paul Rudd as the baked surfing instructor Kunu, and Jonah Hill as a waiter with a hardcore man-crush on Aldous. All these guys end up saying the same thing: move on, crybaby. And Peter will move on.
The year-old comedian is presented in his full-frontal glory over the course of a cringe-worthy breakup scene that involves Segel naked, dripping wet and sobbing like a 6-foot-4 baby. At SXSW as the Austin, Texas, film fest is known , every time Segel was shown au naturel, the totality of his package nearly brought the house down with laughter. Still, the actor-writer contemplated inequalities between male and female film nudity before putting his family jewels on display. The upshot: Some 20 audience members reportedly stormed out of a test screening in disgust. It really makes me laugh in this day and age, with how psychotic our world is, that anyone is troubled by seeing any part of the human body. In letting it all hang out, Segel joins a select boys club of big-name stars who have gone memorably bottomless. We get it right away, and it lives forever.