15 Trivia Tidbits About ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ on its 15th Anniversary

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15 Trivia Tidbits About ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ on its 15th Anniversary

Now officially 15 years removed from its theatrical release, we can honestly say that Forgetting Sarah Marshall is one of the best comedies of the 21st century and the best comedy to feature vampire puppets, male frontal nudity and Russell Brand incoherently ranting about something other than vaccine mandates. So to celebrate its 15th anniversary, weve collected some trivia about the making of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, not all of which is penis-based, such as…

The Nude Breakup Was Based on a Real Incident…

The memorable opening sequence, in which Jason Segels character Peter Bretter is dumped while stark naked, was based on a real-life incident from Segels life. As he later told Conan O'Brien, the actual experience was somehow even more awkward and involved pausing the breakup to spend 25 minutes changing into the perfect outfit.

…And It Made His Mother Cry

According to Segel, when his mother saw her son exposing himself on the big screen, she was so upset she cried. Later, she sent an email to her entire family, reading, I would like to inform you all that Jason has chosen to do full-frontal nudity, however, it is not gratuitous and is essential to the plot.

On the Plus Side, Harrison Ford Complimented Segel s Junk

One person who didn't cry? Screen legend Ford, who watched Forgetting Sarah Marshall before signing up to co-star with Segel in the show Shrinking. Fords lone piece of feedback? Nice penis.

The Songs Were Written by Segel and Kyle Workman

There are a lot of catchy songs in the film, penned by Segel and composer Workman, from the power ballad Draculas Lament

…to the Infant Sorrow tune Inside of You.

Charlie Hunnam Turned Down the Role of Aldous Snow

Segel wrote the part of horned-up rocker Aldous Snow (eventually played by Brand) for his Undeclared co-star Charlie Hunnam, who even participated in an early table read. But Hunnam eventually turned down the role, later admitting, I was in a dark night of the soul in my career, at that point, and felt as though I needed to seize the trajectory and that just wasnt really aligning with, at that period of my life and career, what I wanted to be doing.

Kristen Bell Thought One Joke Was Specifically Making Fun of Her Career

Sarah Marshalls résumé includes a crappy horror flick about killer cell phones, which Bell originally thought was a joke about her own personal filmography, specifically the 2006 movie Pulse. But both Segel and director Nicholas Stoller claim they knew nothing about it.

The Puppets Were Made by the Jim Henson Creature Shop

For the scene in which we get to see Peters musical A Taste For Love performed, Segel was able to get the Jim Henson Creature Shop to make 30 puppets for the fake production.

The Studio Created a Fake Blog to Promote the Movie

Part of the films viral marketing campaign involved releasing a fake website supposedly belonging to Peter Bretter, complete with depressing blog entries and desperate YouTube videos. Amazingly, the site is still up, and the blog kind of makes Peter seem like a huge dirtbag? In one entry about how meeting lots of hot/kinda slutty girls is super fun, he complains that a gorgeous girl was like a corpse in the sack. Literally a dead person. 

Some of the Ads Pissed Off Real-Life Sarah Marshalls

The ad campaign also involved posters that contained no images, just hand-scrawled phrases like, You suck Sarah Marshall, and You do look fat in those jeans Sarah Marshall. Of course, Sarah Marshall is a pretty common name, and, understandably, a lot of real-life Sarah Marshalls were pretty pissed off about these posters.

A Guitar Shop Sells the T-Shirt from the Movie

At one point, Peter wears a T-shirt featuring the logo for Normans Rare Guitars, which is a real shop in Tarzana. They still sell the same shirt on their website, bragging that it was seen in the famous movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Segel’s Real-Life Attacker Was Inadvertently Cast as His Attacker

While writing the first draft of the screenplay in Hawaii, Segel accidentally flirted with a woman who happened to be dating an "ultimate fighter named Claw," who then threatened to beat the shit out of the actor. Despite being terrified, Segel thought it would be a funny thing to happen in the movie, so he wrote a similar scene.

When it came time to cast the part of the angry thug, Stoller inadvertently hired Claw, aka Kala Alexander, who, not surprisingly, seemed perfect for the role. A totally freaked-out Segel had to be convinced to go through with the scene, which he did, thanks to good old-fashioned denial: I never mentioned it, and he never mentioned it, Segel said. But I know that we both knew.

A Lot of People Think That Cynthia Nixon Has a Cameo

During the moment when Peter drunkenly jokes, Im on Sex and the City. Whats up Miranda? while sipping cocktails in a hotel bar, fans have noticed that a woman who looks suspiciously like Cynthia Nixon, Miranda herself, walks into the bar just behind him. Which, if true, is a Beetlejuice in Community-tier subtle gag.

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