Jason Segel Interview: The Tallest Lilliputian in “Gulliver’s Travels”

My Second Date with Jason Segal by Role Mommy West Coast Correspondent Kristin Flannery…
JasonSegel_RoleMommy.jpgWhen meeting Jason Segel during a press junket for “Gulliver’s Travels,” I was struck by the fact that he is really, really tall. You see, in “Gulliver’s Travels” he plays a little person. Actually, he’s the biggest little person in Lilliput, an island populated by tiny people. When Gulliver (Jack Black) travels through an “inter-dimensional portal,” he winds up in an alternate world that has juxtaposed modern-day and old-school sensibilities. There, he befriends Horatio (Jason Segel), a commoner with a BIG crush on Princess Mary (Emily Blunt).
Jason says that size has always played an important role in his life, “I was six four since I was 12. The kids didn’t really like me that much. I was very shy. Very, very, very shy. And my parents sent me to the local, community theater to take acting class just to help get me out of my shell.”
Jason says that as he matured, he grew into his height. “I also became a pretty good athlete during high school and I won a couple state championships in basketball.” Luckily, his love of acting never waned. “In junior year of high school, I wanted to try to put on a play again,” he says. As fate would have it, that’s when Jason was discovered by a Hollywood casting director who just happened to be taking a tour of his high school.
Segal says that being a tall person playing a little person was not too much of a challenge in “Gulliver’s Travels” because the producers used a groundbreaking camera known as the DualMoCo (the “MoCo” is for motion control). While Black was in one area of the soundstage, performing against a green screen, the actors portraying the Lilliputians would be on another part of the stage, acting “opposite” Black.
When asked how hard was it to be a little person, since he’s so tall in real life, Jason replied, “See, I viewed it the opposite. We were normal size, and Jack was huge. That’s how I always viewed it because we were to scale of all the buildings around us. We were just acting regular. Jack did most of the green screen.”
JasonSegel_Autograph.jpgAnd just so you know ladies, Jason Segel is as charming as he is tall! I was lucky enough to meet him twice and look forward to being asked to more of his press junkets in 2011. He is the type of guy who is charming and sincere and you feel like you can tell him anything. Which doesn’t always work in his favor as Jason revealed. “I had a dialect coach and I have to say it was really awkward. The lady was really nice. But, at one point she said, “I think we’ve done enough of the elocution lessons. Why don’t you and I just sit and we’ll have lunch, and we’ll just talk in English accents. And so, we go and we show up for lunch, and we’re talking. And then, the talk starts to get real serious and she starts telling me about her divorce and how she doesn’t get to see her kid as much as she would like. And she’s crying.” I don’t know about you, but I think there’s a talk show in Jason’s future.
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You can hear more of the adorable Jason Segel’s interview by clicking here and look for him in “Gulliver’s Travels” coming out Christmas Day – December 25th!

Holiday Entertaining with Shawn Rabideau

ShawnR_050_Lg (1).jpgDon’t have time to read, then we’ve got just the solution! Listen in to our latest Blog Talk Radio interview with party planner extraordinaire Shawn Rabideau, spokesperson for Celebrations.com who shares some great tips for entertaining your guests, festive decor, recipe, drink ideas and much more.
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And here are some simple how-tos from Shawn Rabideau that you can be use year round.
Plus, our co-host for the day, Kristin shares the inside scoop on her “Gulliver’s Travels” in person roundtable chat featuring Jack Black, Jason Segal and Emily Blount. And, I fill listeners in on my interview this week with Sigourney Weaver and my once in a lifetime meet and greet with Donny and Marie.
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Role Daddy: An Interview with Jack Black

By Role Mommy West Coast Correspondent, Kristin Flannery
JackBlack_autograph.jpgWhen I first met Jack Black, who was promoting his new film “Gulliver’s Travels,” I expected he’d be wild and crazy, but instead, was pleasantly surprised to find a soft spoken family man who sat down and talked about everything from playing with dolls, to paparazzi hiding in the bushes, to shooting pictures of his kids at the park.
Jack plays the lead role and serves as executive producer of Gulliver’s Travels, which opens nationwide in theaters Christmas Day, December 25. Jack has two boys, ages 2 and 4 and says he’s tried to shield them from his fame but his older son is starting to recognize his voice in movies and recently asked “does everyone know you?”
Another interesting Jack Black tidbit…he’s not embarrassed to play with dolls. I admitted that at one point in the movie I really believed he was talking to the actors playing little people. “Well, it doesn’t sound like real professional actor preparation, but I do play with a lot of toys to get ready for the giant and tiny person relationships,” says Black. “Luckily I had a bunch of toys at home, because my kids have them everywhere.”
While he had not seen any of the Gulliver’s Travels films, Black says he read the classic Gulliver’s Travels novel when he was approached about the project by John Davis. While they incorporate the theme of the book in the film, Jack shares how they worked to expand on the book’s messages. “That’s a theme that we thought would be great that’s not really in the book. Since it deals with, a giant and tiny people, we thought it would be cool to have that insecurity theme about being a small person in a big man’s world and being, insecure about being lost in the shuffle. And I think that ties in really well with kids’ insecurities about being the little guys and wanting so desperately to be big, famous heroes.”
When asked if he would choose to live in the imaginary land of Lilliput, Jack was torn, “In a way, it’s an ideal society. But, as you said, everyone takes your word as truth. That’s why he’s able to get away with making up this elaborate story about himself, because everyone just says, “Yeah, he said it. It must be true.”” But, it’s a fun place for an adventure. But, no, I wouldn’t want to live there.”
Since every kid can’t be transported to a fantasyland, is there a way that people can reinvent themselves in their own lives? Black responded “It’s always a slow journey of self-discovery. That’s what it’s all about. The reason this role resonated with me was I remember being a kid and wanting so desperately to be special and wanting to be bigger than I was.”
Now that he’s a father, Black says he consciously chooses different movie roles. He says, “I do think about it more now that I have the boys. I think about having movies that they can see, you know, in the next 20 years as opposed to having to keep it on the shelf.”
While we thought Jack Black did an amazing job in Gulliver’s Travels, he ended the interview by paying our roundtable a huge compliment. “Man, I wasn’t ready for these great questions. You guys asked some great stuff.”

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More fun interviews to come…in the meantime, check out theofficial Gulliver’s Travels website for more great previews! And comment now and enter to win an autographed poster from the stars of the film!