Jason Segel is supposed to be only capable of making viewers laugh while adding a dollop of seriousness to his characters. His reputation was as a comedic actor prior to his spectacular, image-changing performance in the film "End of Tour" as the renowned novelist David Foster Wallace, a role for which he made an image transformation and showed the 'serious' side of his extensive dramatic acting range.
The talented actor explained in interviews that he wanted to play a character "that moved him" and that the seriousness of the character represents where he is at in his life's current chapter (Variety - July 14). Fans who are accustomed to Jason Segel making them laugh are probably going to be shocked and stunned with his captivating performance as David Foster Wallace because critics and bloggers are raving about his performance.
Bloggers such as 'Awards Daily' are talking about him as an Academy Awards nomination possibility for Best Actor but for some entertainment fans one of the major takeaways from his performance is his showing that he can play a serious role and do so fabulously (Awards Daily - July 14).
Jason Segel explained to Vogue magazine that he felt ready to play a serious role but as some entertainment fans who consider themselves amateur 'film critics' on social media have noted, it is not every actor who possesses the acting range nor the courage to truly attempt to channel the vast range of emotions required to play a complex character such as David Foster Wallace but he did and in the process has critics raving about his performance (TV3.ie - July 5).
There is a surprise dramatic male acting star emerging from the ranks of comedy and it is the ex-star of the movie "Forgetting Sarah Marshall".
Jason Segel, an actor who is proving himself as an actor who possesses exceptional acting range and grit worthy of award consideration and leading man status.