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Apple+ will release its newest comedic TV series, ‘Shrinking,’ on January 27th, 2023. This series follows a widowed therapist attempting to cope with some of his own feelings by helping his patients tackle their challenges. ‘Shrinking’ has a cast full of actors and actresses who own the screen and bring the story to another level of authenticity and reliability. The cast includes Jason Segel, Harrison Ford, and Jessica Williams, who have all been in many films and other productions seen on Hollywood’s big screens. Jason Segel not only portrays the main character and therapist Jimmy, but he also is one of the writers behind the beautiful story. From ‘The Muppets’ to ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall,’ Jason has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry through both his acting and writing skills. Take a look into Jason Segel’s career and how his experience will prove itself to be a great addition to ‘Shrinking.’
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Jason’s Acting Career
Starting back in 1998, when he was eighteen years old, Jason began his acting career as a background character in the film ‘Can’t Hardly Wait.’ His character was respectively titled “Watermelon Guy.” While it might not seem like a booming beginning, Jason’s aspirations only rocketed from here. That same year he would play a minor character in the film ‘Dead Man on Campus.’ In 2002 Jason was cast in a role in ‘Slackers,’ and in 2003 he played Leon in ‘11:14.’ Later, Jason would work on ‘Knocked Up’ with a cast including Seth Rogan, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann. Finally scoring his first main role, Jason was cast as Peter Bretter in ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall,’ which quickly rose in popularity after its release. Jason’s co-stars included Kristen Bell, Paul Rudd, and Mila Kunis. From here Jason’s film career accelerates, landing him roles in bigger movies, reaching larger audiences nationwide. Jason voiced the infamous antihero Vector in ‘Despicable Me,’ which was his first voiceover role in a film. He also was cast as Horatio in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ and Jeff in ‘Jeff Who Lives at Home,’ which was released in 2011. Also released in 2011 was ‘The Muppets,’ in which Jason was cast as Gary. Jason’s next big film, ‘Sex Tape’ came out in 2014 in which he co-starred with Cameron Diaz. To add to his impressive list of acting credits are ‘The End of the Tour,’ a biography of David Foster Wallace, whom Jason portrays. Additionally, in ‘The Discovery,’ Jason was cast as Will in a film that explores the possibilities of the afterlife. Some of Jason’s more recent films – both released in 2022 – is ‘Windfall’ and ‘The Sky Is Everywhere,’ ‘Windfall’ being his most recent work. This is only a sampling of Jason’s entire career; he has helped to create 42 unique TV shows and films since 1998.
Alongside Jason’s film career, his television credits are immensely impressive. Jason’s first appearance on TV was on the show called ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ which ran from 1999 to 2000. From 2001 to 2003 Jason appeared on eight episodes of ‘Undeclared’ as the character Eric. Following this, Jason starred as Eugene on ‘Harry Green and Eugene,’ as well as Neil Jason in three episodes of ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’ The year before ‘Despicable Me’ was released, Jason voiced the character of Marshall Erickson for one episode of ‘Family Guy.’ Next is one of Jason’s biggest roles, he stars under the same name, Marshall Erickson, in the TV series ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ which ran for nine years (2005-2014). Jason appeared in a total of 208 episodes throughout the duration of the show, working alongside actors such as Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris, and Colbie Smulders. More recently, in 2020, Jason was cast for the show ‘Dispatches from Elsewhere,’ which follows four individuals concerning their discovery of a mysterious puzzle. All of these acting credits have led Jason to his newest project, ‘Shrinking,’ in which Jason portrays a grieving therapist named Jimmy. However, it cannot be expected that this is even near the end of his successful career. With both his acting and screenwriting talent, Jason Segel still has a great deal of impact left for the industry.
Jason’s Screenwriting Career
Although Jason has been acting since 1998, his first experience in the screenwriting industry was his work on the film ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall.’ Despite the fact that it was his first movie to be produced, it was a decidedly huge hit across the nation. Encouraged by the enthusiasm from audiences everywhere, Jason kept up writing for the screen. He created the characters for the 2010 movie ‘Get Him to the Greek’ and wrote ‘The Muppets’ (2011) in which he also was cast as a crucial character. Next, Jason wrote ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ as well as ‘Sex Tape.’ Often, Jason will receive a role in the movies he helps write, considering the fact that his knowledge of the story and characters is so vast and imaginative. Most recently, Jason wrote the story behind ‘Windfall,’ which was released in 2022. In this film a man breaks into a mansion owned by a millionaire and begins to enjoy the luxuries of the vacant home; that is until the owners return.
Jason also has tested the waters of television writing, springing off of his film writing success. In 2020 Jason wrote ‘Dispatches from Elsewhere,’ and, as was mentioned before, he also acted in it as well. Spanning across ten episodes, ‘Dispatches from Elsewhere’ feature four vibrantly different individuals who must band together to solve a strange and possibly dangerous puzzle. Is it a hoax? Or is it a matter of life or death? Jason proves his eye for a great story and emotional tension through his brilliant writing – and acting – in this TV series. Jason also wrote ‘Shrinking,’ his creativity shown through the plot and themes seen throughout the series. With an eye for detail and a genuine sense of humor, Jason’s influence on ‘Shrinking’ raises it to the next level, giving it a chance to rise to the top of the charts after its release on Friday. Although this concludes the current list of Jason’s writing credits, it can be expected that there will be many more to come due to the popularity of his previous projects. It’s evident that Jason recognizes the qualities of a good story and authentic characters, drawing audiences to theaters and screens around the world.
As mentioned before, Apple+ newest TV series, ‘Shrinking,’ follows a widowed therapist, Jimmy, as he attempts to mourn his loss and move on with his life and career. His strategies include, but are not limited to, drinking and giving his clients unfiltered advice pertaining to their situations. Through a wholesome journey of comedic self-discovery and unhinged exploration, Jimmy follows the path to emotional restoration by helping his clients repair their lives and relationships.
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Jason’s co-stars Harrison Ford, Jessica Williams, Luke Tennie, Lukita Maxwell, and Michael Urie make up a wonderful and diverse cast, each bringing with them a flair of unique talent that builds the story of ‘Shrinking’ from the core. Harrison Ford will be next seen in ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,’ directed by James Mangold, ‘Captain America: New World Order,’ directed by Julius Onah and starring Anthony Mackie, and lastly ‘Thunderbolts,’ directed by Jake Schreier and starring Florence Pugh, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russel, and David Harbour. Of course, expect to see much more from Jason Segel as he continues his career and life-long exploration of the bounds of screenplays and scripts alike.
Creators: Brett Goldstein, Bill Lawrence, Jason Segel
Directors: James Ponsoldt, Ry Russo-Young, and Randall Keenan Winston
Top Cast: Jason Segel, Jessica Williams, Harrison Ford, Luke Tennie, Michael Urie, Lukita Maxwell, and Christa Miller
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