Jason Segel and Paul Rudd play best friends for life in their new film, “I Love You, Man.” The film gives an in-depth look into the world of “bromances” when Rudd’s character, Peter, befriends Sydney, played by Segel, hoping for him to become his best man at his wedding, much to the chagrin of his fiancée, played by Rashida Jones.
The two funnymen revealed to MTV News that their real-life relationship is nothing more than smoke and mirrors, but Segel wouldn’t mind making that fantasy a reality. In fact, if it weren’t for one of Rudd’s strange habits, then these two could already be on their way to one funny, funny friendship.
MTV: What are you looking for in your next best friend?
Rudd: Don’t go changing to try and please us. You’ve never let us down before, Josh.
Segel: I just want someone I can talk to. We love you just the way you are. I don’t want clever conversation. I just don’t want to work that hard.
MTV: You just want the kind of guy that you can look at and don’t have to say anything.
Rudd: I don’t remember that part of the song!
Segel: No, that’s not part of the song.
MTV: What’s the criterion for a good guy friend? What do they need to possess?
Segel: I like somebody who’s nice and laid-back. I don’t like any drama up in my grill.
Rudd: I think the only thing you need in a good friend is the ability to have some sweet hang-age.
MTV: That sounds almost pornographic.
Rudd: Sweet hang-age? I’m talking about Jason’s last film ["Forgetting Sarah Marshall"].
MTV: Is there anyone you’re angling to befriend? Are you looking for Zac Efron or Robert Pattinson?
Segel: I’m trying hard to establish this as an actual friendship. Right now, we’re legally obligated.
Rudd: [Grunts.] Ugh, bad clams. I made the mistake: coffee and clams for breakfast.
Segel: That is one of the little-known facts about Paul Rudd. We just did a press tour in six cities in five days, and Paul always starts his day with some big clams and steamed mussels. You know what? This guy’s trying to do an interview, and I think we’re just being “shellfish.”
MTV: Miley Cyrus or Jonas Brothers? Go.
Segel: Miley Cyrus.
Rudd: Jonas Brothers. We don’t want to upset any of the …
MTV: Which Jonas brother?
Rudd: The cute one. [Laughs.] Gummo! I think Miley Cyrus is a good singer, and you know what? The Jonas Brothers are good too.
Segel: I didn’t like it when the Jonas Brothers said, “Show us what you got, Stevie” [to Stevie Wonder at the Grammys]. I know what Stevie’s got, Nick Jonas! Is that one of them?
MTV: Brangelina or Maniston?
Segel: Brangelina. I ran into them on the red carpet, and Brangelina tapped me on the shoulder, and I turn around and Brad said, “Hey, the penis seen ’round the world!” I said an amazing witty retort, which was, “Oh, my God, it’s you!” He kind of laughed. I think he gets that a lot. Angelina Jolie said she’s watched “Sarah Marshall” several times, and she gave me a hug and they walked off. So whatever, it’s not a big deal. They love my work.
MTV: “Ghostbusters” — who’s in, who’s out?
Segel: I have not heard anything about “Ghostbusters.” I think that’s been a rumor on the table for a while.
Rudd: Well, let me just say, I was in “Ghostbusters 2.” I played Peter MacNicol. [Laughs.]
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