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This Is What Jason Segel Looks Like As David Foster Wallace In 'The End Of The Tour'

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 19, 2014 4:46 PM
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Somewhere beyond the grave, David Foster Wallace is writing a great essay with extensive footnotes about the fact that Jason Segel will be playing him in a movie. Yep, the late Pulitzer Prize finalist will be portrayed by the guy who got his dick out and wrote a puppet musical in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." It's kinda poetic, in a strange way.

Production on the film, "The End Of The Tour," which co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and just added Ron Livingston, is now underway, and someone with a handy cell phone snapped the first image and took some quick video of Segel in action. Granted, it's not much, but we'll say this—Segel at least resembles the headwrap wearing Wallace. As for the movie, it's based on David Lipsky’s “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace,” his account of traveling with Wallace on the tail end of his Midwestern “Infinite Jest” book tour.

James Ponsoldt ("Smashed," "The Spectacular Now") is directing so we're curoius what the tone will be, but mostly, it might be the first Jesse Eisenberg movie in a while where he's not the quirkiest person in it. [AV Club]

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  • JT | March 19, 2014 7:31 PMReply

    Thought for a second this was someone's joke of what a pretentious DFW fan would write about Jason Segel playing this role, but unfortunately you were being serious. Always thought Jason Segel was pretty good in all his roles, including the dick and Muppet ones. Also always seems to have a sadness but approachability that actually fits the writer's personality. Guess that's just me.

  • Orson | March 19, 2014 6:50 PMReply

    I always thought that John Cusack would be a good fit for David Foster Wallace.

  • NR | March 20, 2014 1:18 AM

    I like that

  • kyle | March 19, 2014 6:24 PMReply

    so nervous.

  • rob | March 19, 2014 5:57 PMReply

    Hard to imagine DFW spinning slowly in a circle, gazing wide-eyed and child-like at his surroundings.

  • Frank | March 19, 2014 4:53 PMReply

    He looks like a caricature of a child molester, like Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones. Is that a wig? What an embarrassment.

  • Anonymouse | March 19, 2014 7:09 PM

    have you ever sen pics of David Foster Wallace? looks just like him. how is this embarrassing?

  • Jesus Christ | March 19, 2014 5:03 PM


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