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Playing David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour' made Jason Segel reflect on the nature of celebrity




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Two writers named David.  They're the subject of a film, in theaters now, called "The End of the Tour."

Who are those Davids? The late, and very famous author, David Foster Wallace, and the not so nearly famous novelist and journalist, David Lipsky. About 20 years ago, Lipsky was assigned to do a profile of Wallace for Rolling Stone magazine. So he traveled to Wallace's home in Illinois, shortly after the publication of "Infinete Jest," the author's wildly popular novel. The two spent several days together as Wallace embarked on a book tour.

In "The End of the Tour," Jesse Eisenberg plays David Lipsky and actor Jason Segel takes on the part of David Foster Wallace.

Alex Cohen recently spoke with Segel about the role, the friend he found in Jessie Eisenberg and how playing David Foster Wallace made him reflect on the nature of  celebrity.

Alex Cohen: Fame and success play a big role in this film and David Foster Wallace obviously enjoyed it to an extent, but was uncomfortable with it as well. Can I ask you about your relationship with fame and celebrity and where you kind of stand on that spectrum?

Jason Segel: I've been thinking about this a fair amount recently. Where is the line where one becomes a celebrity? I don't feel like a celebrity, except when somebody recognizes me. And then I have that encounter and then I go back to buying the eggs that I need cause I forgot them on the last trip to the grocery store. And we needed them and my girlfriend is annoyed because she's trying to make something and I don't have the eggs... you see what I'm saying?

It's just not something that's in my conscious awareness... there are certainly benefits to it. There are drawbacks. But what I try really hard to do is not ever think of myself like a celebrity. And I think David Foster Wallace felt a similar way.

To hear the entire conversation, click on the audio embedded above.