Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Jason Segel Pursues Cameron Diaz in �Bad Teacher�

Comic actor Jason Segel plays the irreverent gym coach Russell Gettis whose romantic advances to teacher Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) fall on deaf ears, in Columbia Pictures� raunchy comedy �Bad Teacher.�

In the film, Elizabeth Halsey is a teacher who just doesn�t give an F. She�s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and wildly inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can�t wait to marry her meal ticket and walk away from her day job teaching middle school. When she�s dumped by her fianc�, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake). Elizabeth�s outrageous schemes and their wild consequences will shock her students, her coworkers, and even herself.

Russell is just a happy-go-lucky guy,� says Segel of his character. �He�s just enjoying life and looking for other people who can hang. I think that�s why he gets along with Elizabeth � if she�d just let her guard down.

How can he keep getting turned down by Elizabeth but keep coming back for more? �He�s just not fazed by rejection,� says Segel. �In fact, there�s something safe about flirting with a girl who tells you right from the beginning that it is never going to happen: there�s no risk. Women can keep saying no � all he needs is one to say yes.

Jason is hilarious, but he plays the only normal person in the entire movie,� says co-screenwriter Lee Eisenberg. �He can call out Elizabeth on her stuff, he can react when she says something ridiculous. He grounds the movie.�

Jason Segel landed his first major picture starring role as Peter in �Forgetting Sarah Marshall,� which he also wrote. Released in 2008, the film went to make over $100 million worldwide. With Segel�s writing skills now in demand by many studios, he was inspired to fulfill a personal idea and passion by pitching his concept for a Muppet movie. He and Nicholas Stoller would co-write the screenplay for the upcoming film �The Muppets,� in which Segel also stars. The film will be released by Disney this Thanksgiving.

In June 2007, Segel was summoned by Judd Apatow to share the great success of the comedy �Knocked Up� with stars Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. The film grossed over $140 million dollars domestically and won the People�s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Comedy.

In 2009, Segel rejoined Rudd in the hit comedy �I Love You, Man.�

Opening across the Philippines August 31, �Bad Teacher� is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.

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