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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Production Notes Notes provided by Universal Studios. Release Date: April 18, 2008 Studio: Universal Pictures Director: Nick Stoller Screenwriter: Jason Segel Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Bill Hader, Kala Alexander Genre: Comedy, Romance MPAA Rating: R (for sexual content, language and some graphic nudity) Production Information From producers JUDD APATOW (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) and SHAUNA ROBERTSON (Knocked Up, Superbad) and first-time director NICHOLAS STOLLER (cowriter of Fun With Dick and Jane, TV's Undeclared) comes the world's first romantic disaster comedy-a raunchy, honest look at one guy's quest to grow up and get over the heartbreak of being dumped...if he can only make himself start Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Leading the cast is JASON SEGEL (Knocked Up, television's How I Met Your Mother) as Peter Bretter, a struggling musician who has spent nearly six years idolizing his girlfriend, television star Sarah Marshall (KRISTEN BELL, TV's Veronica Mars, Heroes). He's the guy left holding her purse in paparazzi photos and accidentally omitted from acceptance award speeches. But Peter's world is rocked when she dumps him and he finds himself alone. After an unsuccessful bout of womanizing and an on-the-job nervous breakdown, he believes that not having Sarah in his life may forever ruin it. To clear his head, Peter takes an impulsive trip to Oahu, where he is confronted by his worst nightmare: his ex and her tragically hip new British-rocker boyfriend, Aldous Snow (RUSSELL BRAND, St. Trinian's, Penelope), are sharing his luxury hotel. But as he torments himself with the reality of Sarah's new life, he finds relief in a flirtation with Rachel (MILA KUNIS, TV's That '70s Show, Family Guy), a beautiful resort employee whose laid-back approach tempts him to rejoin the world of the living. He also finds relief in several hundred fruity cocktails. For anyone who has ever had their heart ripped out and cut into a billion pieces comes a hilarious, heartfelt look at relationships-featuring PAUL RUDD (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), JONAH HILL (Superbad, Knocked Up), BILL HADER (Superbad, television's Saturday Night Live), JACK MCBRAYER (television's 30 Rock, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) and MARIA THAYER (Accepted, Strangers With Candy). Part romantic comedy, part disaster film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall includes players from the Judd Apatow repertory in front of and behind the camera.

Apatow, along with Robertson, produces his longtime writing collaborator Nicholas Stoller's directorial debut from a screenplay by star Jason Segel. The behind-the-scenes crew for the comedy includes cinematographer RUSS T. ALSOBROOK (Superbad, Reign Over Me), production designer JACKSON DE GOVIA (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Score), editor WILLIAM KERR (Superbad, Along Came Polly), composer LYLE WORKMAN (The 40-YearOld Virgin, Superbad) and music supervisor JONATHAN KARP (Knocked Up, Superbad). Costume designer LEESA EVANS (American Pie, Scooby-Doo series) joins the crew, along with Forgetting Sarah Marshall executive producers RICHARD VANE (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and RODNEY ROTHMAN (upcoming Year One). ABOUT THE PRODUCTION I Hate Love Her: Sarah Marshall is Remembered The capacity to fall deeply, madly in love is fundamental to humanity. As is the inevitability of having our hearts painfully, inextricably torn apart. But in the darkest of places, there is the funniest of comedy. Judd Apatow and Jason Segel have this shared history of dark humor. The longtime friends first worked together in 1999 on the Apatow-created television cult classic Freaks and Geeks, in which Segel played confused 1980s McInley High student Nick, and again in 2001, as underclassman Eric in Apatow's short-lived, but critically acclaimed television show Undeclared. In 2007, they teamed with producer Robertson on the box-office hit Knocked Up-in which Segel received acclaim by portraying one of the juvenile, yet lovable, best friends of lead Seth Rogen as slacker Ben Stone. Several years ago, Segel had discussed with the filmmaker his interest in writing and starring in a comedy about brutal heartbreak caused by a woman who had crushed a hopeful romantic's spirit and abandoned their future. Segel believed there was comedy to be found in not only a couple's time together, but in stories of the many bad things that happen after a relationship conceivably ends. Says Segel, "I had to cut my first draft down to 120 pages, because originally it was 2,000." During a courtside conversation at a Lakers game, Segel told Apatow the idea. Apatow provided Segel with direction and guidance, and the first-time screenwriter moved forward with drafting a screenplay. Segel recounts, "Judd said to me, 'If you can improv the way you do, then you can also write.' And here we are making a movie together." While obviously impressed enough by the actor's past performances to keep hiring him, Apatow admits he was surprised when Segel handed him a finished script and asked him for his notes. He recalls: "Jason went away to Hawaii, and he actually wrote a hilarious script. From the get-go, everyone was shocked at just how good it was. He is just so funny as a guy desperately in love, jealous and insane."

Apatow's producing partner on the company's hits The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad, Shauna Robertson, was equally impressed with the work of the first-time screenwriter. She recounts, "Jason's quite a prolific writer. We were really excited about the script." The producer jokingly adds, "I said, 'If you can come up with a movie where I can wear flip-flops all the time, I'm in.' So Judd said, 'Pack your bags, you're going to Hawaii.'" During the time Segel was polishing copy, Apatow's writing partner on Fun With Dick and Jane (and a former staff writer on Undeclared), Nicholas Stoller, was searching for a script with which he could make his feature film directorial debut. Stoller was given a copy of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and was impressed enough by the draft to work with Segel over the course of a year and a half. The pair developed the story about a couple who had everything, until she decides to leave...and he blames her for everything. Provides Apatow: "Nick and Jason get along great and share the same sense of humor. They had both been destroyed by women in the past, which is helpful. Actually, that has been a requirement for everyone who works on the movie. People who have had their hearts trampled on understand the material." Surprised at being given the opportunity to have a movie made from his first attempt at a full screenplay, Segel laughs, "Somehow, Universal gave us millions of dollars to make this film and to exorcise my demons from bad relationships." Director Stoller felt lucky to be guided by producers with a reputation for eliciting humor and deep emotions from the raunchy side. He was, however, pleased that the script didn't delve into his past demons, stating, "How wonderful that we didn't have to edit my breakup stories, as well as Judd, Shauna, Jason and [executive producer] Rodney's." With a screenplay that the producers, the director and leading man were comfortable with, it was time to find a cast of characters that could wreak havoc on a tropical island. For the task, the filmmakers would turn to a former teenage P.I., a '70s stoner and a British shock well as some tried and true Apatow players. Partners in Disaster: Casting the Film From the first "action" to the final "cut," Stoller felt there would be much flexibility for takes during production of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The dialogue, as is common in Apatow productions, would be adapted from Segel's script to allow for the actors to perform off the page. For everyone, the best comic takes would trump all. Not surprising, as the daily call sheets included character names for supporting cast such as "Potty Mouth Girl," "Blonde Screaming Girlfriend" and "Tantrum Kid." For example, in the original script of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, as Sarah breaks up with Peter, he is naked, then he gets dressed. Stoller comments, "We thought it would be much funnier if Peter was naked the whole scene during the entire breakup. And besides, Jason likes to get naked."

The casting process began as Segel and the filmmakers searched for the perfect woman to play the title character-a self-centered yet sympathetic, bossy but lovable, dumper of Peter. Kristen Bell was cast on the spot after her audition as Sarah, self-indulgent television star of hit procedural show Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime. Says Apatow: "Her Sarah Marshall and Jason's Peter Bretter had great chemistry. Her shutdown nature and sarcasm were really funny against his puppy-dog vulnerability. They made an interesting, horrible, funny couple. "Kristen's character was fun to develop," he continues. "I always think it is fun to satirize people in show business. Making fun of television shows, cop shows and stars of shows are just ripe areas of comedy." Bell was sold by her co-star's screenplay. "Most romantic comedies tend to be very predictable, but there is a reality to this script," she commends. "Jason wrote a very three-dimensional story. Everybody is trying the best they can, and you can see all sides of every situation." Producer Robertson offers of the film's female lead: "Kristen was the right person to play Sarah Marshall because you have to, at moments, love her and other times be disgusted by her. Kristen can play both and have you glued to the screen either way, laughing out loud." Mila Kunis was chosen to play Rachel Jansen, the levelheaded love interest for Peter in Hawaiithe woman who helps him finally "get out his head." Provides director Stoller of the choice: "For both of our leading ladies, we knew they were the ones from their auditions. We saw hundreds of women, but their two faces remained in our heads during the entire casting process." Naturally biased, Segel wanted to find a counterpart who was the opposite of everything that his character fell in love with during the first go-around. "Mila has this carefree air to her about life," he compliments. "She is the antithesis of the Sarah Marshall character and doesn't need to be doted on or catered to." Kunis was no stranger to Apatow/Robertson productions. Though the actor had auditioned for Knocked Up, the filmmakers kept her in mind for a project that was a better fit. Robertson remembers, "We knew Mila would be the perfect Rachel." Says Kunis of her interest in the part and her on-screen love: "A breakup from a guy's point of view? I loved it from the first read. Jason's honesty is so sweet, on screen and off, and he is no fool as a writer." She laughs, "He has sex scenes with like 10 different women in the film. He found room in the story for a multiple partner montage. Imagine that!" Like Segel, Kunis' background was in television. The transition to improv would first prove challenging, but ultimately rewarding, for her. She notes, "When you come off television, you don't improv. You stick to the script, word for word, because there is a time limit for everything. It's a whole new process, and I am slowly but surely learning the ropes." When he came in for his audition, the filmmakers didn't know what to make of U.K.-based stand-up comedian Russell Brand. He arrived in his normal fare of leather pants, complete with several belts strapped about his waist, teased up and ratty long hair, and black eyeliner.

None of the crew was familiar with Brand's work, and Stoller told the actor to be loose with the script, improvising whenever he wished. "When Russell began to speak," Stoller remembers, "it was literally the funniest riff I have heard." Recalls Apatow: "After we met Russell, we tailored the part to who he is. He has this very flamboyant nature, and we knew we had to turn his character into a rock star, because he looks so good in leather pants." Continues Segel, "Russell was the find of the century. When he came in for the audition, oozing with undeniable sexual energy and rock star good looks, he said to me 'You'll have to forgive me, I have only had the chance to take a cursory glance at your script. Perhaps you should tell me what you require?' And all I kept thinking was 'that takes balls, man!' and I realized he was the dude. We did a complete rewrite for him." Brand was comfortable with the comedy improv, right from the go. "When I do stand-up comedy shows, I improvise generally for the first hour and it keeps things very organic and fresh. I felt very comfortable with this improvisational vibe on set." The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up alums Paul Rudd and Jonah Hill support the cast as, respectively, stoner surfer Chuck (who prefers his Hawaiian name, Kunu) and waiter/Aldous Snow stalker Matthew. Recounts Rudd: "It was one of those things you didn't even have to think about. Judd called and asked if I wanted to bring my family to Hawaii for a week and play the part of a strung-out surf instructor. We were on a plane before the day was out." Continues Apatow, "Any time we can convince Paul to work in a movie for almost no money, we tend to go for that. And for Jonah, we told him there are many beautiful Hawaiian girls on this island and that he could perform in the movie for a day or two. We said we'd maybe keep him here a week, and give him five days off to do his best to not get rejected by all these women." Joining Forgetting Sarah Marshall in other key roles are SNL veteran Bill Hader as Peter's sensible-but-short-fused brother, Brian, along with Jack McBrayer as sexually repressed newlywed Darald and Maria Thayer as his randy wife, Wyoma. Rounding out the talent are TAYLOR WILY as Peter's Hawaiian confidante, Kemo; LIZ CACKOWSKI as Peter's sister-inlaw, Liz Bretter; and DA'VONE MCDONALD as South Central native Dwayne, who currently dispenses advice to tourists as a bartender/amateur ichthyologist at Turtle Bay Resort. Quit Your Crying and Jump: Stunts and Training Jason Segel has always had a fear of heights, so what better way to resolve that acrophobia than have his screenplay's lead character leap off a cliff?

At Laie Point on the North Shore of Oahu, director Stoller and his crew found a beautiful 180degree ocean lookout; there, local kids jump off a 30-foot cliff into the rocky water below. For the scene in which Peter is literally clinging for dear life to the cliff, while Rachel wades in the water below encouraging him to jump, there would be much tricky camerawork (and vine grasping). As both 80-foot and 40-foot condor cranes were placed high above the set, the production was in full swing at Laie Point. Housed on a cliff with lights, cameras and crew-and three safety boats in the water with world-class water experts at the helm, monitoring the wind and ocean conditions-the production prepared to shoot Peter's mental escape from Sarah. Even the boom operator was floating in a rubber tube in the ocean. Logistically it was difficult, but not impossible. "We have this fantastic take on film of Peter being terrified, because Jason was terrified as he clung to the rocks," remembers Stoller. "He was a real trouper as he was strapped to the side of this cliff, amidst the shrubbery, for about six hours. Mila, too, was incredible that day. She treaded water, take after take-without flippers or a wet suit- with a scuba diver standing by, just off camera. I was impressed with both of their stamina." Stunt coordinator TIM TRELLA designed a rig to create the illusion of Segel falling off the cliff. In reality, the actor wore a harness, and a wire would catch him and yank him back to safety whenever needed. However, after take after harrowing take, he yelled to the crew that he would get back at them in their next life. Says Segel, "This is the moment in my life I realized I am a total coward-as children were leaping off the cliff around me." He laughs, "Being strapped to that cliff all day, I got a fabulous tan...which you know is going to affect our continuity." An easier task for most of the performers was entering the crystal-blue Hawaiian waters for surfing lessons. All first timers, Segel, Brand and Rudd had to learn to surf for the film (and Brand how to get smashed by Segel and a wave before being tossed to shore). Bell and Kunis quickly grew to love it. Jokes the converted Bell, "Surfing was my absolute favorite thing to learn. I am thinking I may go pro." Music of the Comedy To complement the sarcastic banter and plenty of kinky sex, Forgetting Sarah Marshall brings audiences some bizarre tunes. Peter is introduced to his nemesis for Sarah's affections, rocker Aldous Snow, and his band, Infant Sorrow, by a video clip on an entertainment news show. Peter the composer bangs out a drunken ballad on piano and creates a Dracula musical performed by, what else? Puppets. Veteran Apatow/Robertson music supervisor Jonathan Karp, who worked on The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and composer Lyle Workman (also a seasoned Apatow vet) had their work cut out for them in the latest production. Fortunately, the filmmakers and Karp knew that writer/actor Jason Segel was also an accomplished songwriter and musician. Adding to his resume, the multihyphenate wrote the majority of the music and lyrics for the songs in the film. Says Apatow, "Jason is so great at writing these odd, funny

songs. He had a little too much time on his hands in the past, as he had a complete, composed Dracula musical just lying around." For his inebriated love ballad, "Wonderful Dream," Segel as Bretter plays his heart out on a white piano while alone in his suite-crying and kvelling his way through the song. Karp, who had met Segel back in their Freaks and Geeks days, commends, "Jason has been composing and playing music his whole life. This film was the first time he'd ever been in a real recording studio. Seeing that is just incredible." Comic Russell Brand performs the songs "Inside of You" and "We Gotta Do Something," written by Jason Segel, music coordinator PETER SALETT and Lyle Workman. When they were composing the lyrics to the slow ballad "Inside of You," Segel questioned, "What is the worst song somebody could sing in front of you to your ex-girlfriend?" Through lines such as "There's got to be some part of me inside of you," he easily answered that. And that's exactly what Aldous sings at the luau to Sarah while Peter watches in horror. Not to lose the Hawaiian flavor and Aloha spirit, there are many American songs in the filmnaturally sung with Hawaiian language lyrics-including such classics as "Nothing Compares 2 U," written by Prince and sung by Daniel Ho. Says Karp, "There is a Hawaiian version of the Extreme hit 'More than Words,' which is playfully sung. Then we have a hybrid, half-Hawaiian and half-English version of 'Signs,' originally by Five Man Electrical Band." The music supervisor adds, "We also recorded our own version of 'Jungle Love,' by The Time, which Prince was nice enough to approve. So, in a sense, Prince has blessed this movie. You couldn't ask for more than that." A Taste For Love: Dracula Puppet Theater As we get to know Peter Bretter, we find out that, while he has a day job as a composer on Sarah's hit television show, he dreams of staging an intricate musical, about...Dracula's quest to find love, as told through puppets. The puppet musical was not initially in the script, though songwriter, musician and musical theater fanatic Jason Segel had indeed been writing a Draculathemed musical, just for fun. "We wanted a big climax that people wouldn't expect and haven't seen before," notes Nicholas Stoller. "We wanted it to have a Les Misérables style finale, with 30 puppets on stage." He adds, "And if our careers are over, so be it." The filmmakers met with several different puppeteer companies for the odd job at hand. Ultimately, Jim Henson's Creature Shop came up with the characters whose movement and charm sucks (pardon the pun) the audience into this comedy concept. The shop's creative supervisor PETER BROOKE and production supervisor MICHAEL OOSTEROM used fleece to make the faces of the puppets, and hand operated them with rods.

The result is a puppet Dracula musical titled A Taste For Love. Forgetting Sarah Marshall production designer De Govia built an interior of an aged theater set on stage, complete with worn velvet seats and off-stage right and left wings. Practical locations were considered for the set, but as the musical became more intricate, it was clear that for cinematographer Alsobrook to correctly light it, a theater had to be built from scratch. The puppeteers had never had a student like Segel. Says Henson's Peter Brooke, "We were concerned that the main hero puppet of Dracula was going to be performed by an actor, and not a professional puppeteer. But Jason is amazing and has taken to puppeteering like a duck to water." The performer had to wear a head-to-toe black Lycra bodysuit as he operated his character and sang live as Dracula. On Stoller: "In the initial meetings with the companies, they handed out puppets to all of us. We literally had to take the puppet away from Jason during the meeting, he was so into it; he is independently obsessed with puppets." Peter's brother, Brian, sings and puppeteers as Dracula's nemesis, Van Helsing. Hader comments on the tricks of the trade: "My puppeteering coach told me you can always sell your performance if you look the same way and direction that the puppet's eyes are looking." Along with a supporting puppeteer cast, Segel and Hader recorded the Dracula musical at Capitol Studios. Recalls music supervisor Karp, "That was my favorite moment on this film. Seeing Jason sit down behind this huge grand piano in a room at the Capitol and sing his heart out. His face said it all." Not everyone was initially sold on the concept. But during rehearsals, that quickly changed. Notes Robertson, "I have to admit, I was a naysayer about the puppet musical in the beginning. I thought it was a cute idea, but I couldn't believe how much energy was being put into this scene. Then I went to the dress rehearsal, and I was floored at the work and detail, and how it fit so well as the story's finale." In addition to the main puppet characters of Dracula and Van Helsing, there were two female lead characters, a succubus and an angel. It was no coincidence that the succubus puppet-with her blond hair and fangs-resembles Sarah Marshall, while the raven-haired angel favors Rachel Jansen. A wardrobe crafted by costume designer Evans complimented the puppets, and both of them were actually fitted with full sets of long, manicured fingernails. Fifteen other puppeteers were tasked to operate the musical cast of A Taste For Love. The crew found it curious that the puppeteers were so serious about their work that they'd often have conversations with one another between takes...still mouthing with their creatures. Comments De Govia, "When you see a great puppeteer with a puppet on their hand, you immediately relate to the puppet. That's who is talking to you." The Aloha Spirit: Shooting in Oahu

For inspiration, screenwriter Jason Segel tucked himself away in a bungalow on Oahu's North Shore to write the romantic disaster comedy. When taking a break from the script, Segel often found himself dining or drinking at the North Shore's only large hotel complex, Turtle Bay Resort. Naturally, the getaway became the setting for the misery and laughs of his protagonist. From casual dining to surfing, the outdoor activities Turtle Bay offers became backdrops for scenes in the Forgetting Sarah Marshall story, as the main characters collided on their unexpectedly complicated trip to paradise. Prior to the start of photography, the production was given a traditional Hawaiian blessing by legendary Kahu spiritualist Auntie Netty. To keep the production safe and successful, the native took many castmembers and filmmakers' heads in her hands and recited Hawaiian words of love and prayer. Her words worked, as during the 33 shooting days on Oahu, the weather was idyllic, with cast and crew filled with the spirit of Aloha. Segel scripted many characters in the film as employees of the island's stunning Turtle Bay Resort. Along with Peter's local love interest, the beautiful front-desk clerk Rachel, surf instructor Chuck (aka Kunu) and waiter Matthew, Segel filled the island with other comic players. These included an initially helpful but ultimately psycho waiter, played by pro surfer KALANI ROBB. Located on 800 acres of prime coastal property, Turtle Bay Resort became a lush backlot for Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It gave the filmmakers multiple location options from which to choose-from the pristine beaches and open-plan hotel lobby to the nearby helicopter pad. No stranger to the entertainment community, Turtle Bay has hosted film and television productions for years, back to the days of Magnum P.I. Hotel guests were quite patient with the production of Forgetting Sarah Marshall becoming part of their tropical vacation; they grew used to Segel in character skulking about Bell as Sarah Marshall or bawling himself to sleep in his luxury penthouse. Many were eager to be in the mix of the filming and participated as extras in assorted lobby and pool sequences. The production did venture outside of Turtle Bay for various Oahu filming setups-including coastline shots of the dramatic cliffs at Laie Point, Mokuleia Beach (which once housed the plane fuselage from ABC's Lost), and the pristine turquoise waters and white sandy beaches at Keawa'ula Bay. Surfing action was staged on the breathtaking shores of Haleiwa and photographed by renowned underwater cinematographer DON KING. The Hawaii/Oahu Film Office led the way for the crew to shoot at some of these environmentally sensitive locations. Costume designer Leesa Evans had a variety of personalities to dress in the Hawaiian style. For her leading ladies, Evans and team designed a range of island garb-from glamorous Sarah's tropical designer wear, to loose clothing that fit local girl Rachel's vibe. For the men, British rock and roller Aldous Snow still donned his leather pants, but with flip-flops. And as Peter Bretter evolved from heartbroken to hopeful in the film, so did his wardrobe-transitioning from disheveled to decent.

In addition to the principal characters, Evans met the challenge of dressing hundreds of background players with typical North Shore flair. She also designed 16 completely separate weddings, all to which Peter must bear witness during his stay at Turtle Bay. The weddings were all unique in style, ranging from military to bohemian to black-tie formal. No detail was spared from the bridesmaid dresses to the wedding guests. This theme of brilliantly happy (read: inescapable) couples who frolic around every corner of the state carried over into supporting characters, such as naïve newlyweds Darald and Wyoma, portrayed by Jack McBrayer and Maria Thayer. In their matching color palette of pastels, plaids and khaki, they romanced one another (and tortured Peter) across the resort. The art department, helmed by production designer Jackson De Govia, incorporated much of the local Hawaiian art it found on the island. Set decorator K.C. FOX and her team scoured stores in Oahu to find handmade pottery, Polynesian wood carvings, paintings and tapa cloth fabrics to decorate the hotel lobby, Peter's deluxe Kapua suite, hotel bungalows, Ola's restaurant and many other sets. They discovered them at shops in local towns such as Haleiwa, Kailua and Kaneohe. Says De Govia, "The local artisans were the icing on the cake for us. They made paradise a tangible reality and helped with the faux sophistication we slathered all over the place." The art department reinvented the color scheme of Turtle Bay with beautiful earth and water tones of turquoise, teaks, whites and neutrals, in copper and rattan furniture. In a compliment to the style of the production, some décor was left as is when filming finished. To capture the natural coastal beauty that surrounds Turtle Bay and the other Oahu locations, buoys were removed when director Stoller and DP Russ T. Alsobrook needed the camera to face the ocean. When filming the luau scene, flame torches were ignited precisely at dusk, with lenses capturing the gloaming hour. The more picturesque they could make the paradise, the easier it was to buy that Peter was experiencing heaven and hell at the same time. "We tried to capture it all, from sunset shots to luaus and fire dancers," says producer Robertson. "The whole crew appreciated being around the Aloha spirit, and by the end of our time there, we were saying 'mahalo' and wearing leis. It's contagious." Comedian Russell Brand summarizes much of the cast and crew's experience: "I have had a wonderful time here and found the people of Hawaii to be very laid back and casual. I have seen turtles; I have seen one whale. I have seen several hula girls. Let's just leave it at that." The last few weeks of filming concluded in Los Angeles. Audiences will recognize such landmark lounges as the Dresden, where Peter and brother Brian have a boys' night out, and the Egyptian on Hollywood Boulevard, the famous Hollywood movie theater where Sarah and Peter walk the red carpet. Finally, Le Barcito in Silverlake was transformed into the interior of Lazy Joe's Hawaiian bar set, where Peter gets time on stage and a face pounding from Lazy Joe. ****

Forgetting Sarah Marshall proudly claims the title of the first romantic disaster comedy. Offers Apatow of his company's latest production and its moniker: "I like that phrase. It only begins to cover how much pain is expressed by Jason in the movie." Too, the filmmaker believes that audiences will relate to Stoller's work "because everyone has had their heart broken and torn up and stamped on, and thrown in a garbage disposal. We've all felt this pain and misery of a boy or girl trouncing on us. Peter is trying desperately to get over his ex, and we find ourselves hoping he does." Reflects the director of his first film: "I hope when people see this movie they will think, 'I have been this guy,' or 'I have been this girl in a breakup.' This is a universal breakup movie, and one of our goals, like many other Apatow projects, is to be truthful." Concludes Segel of the project that delighted, tortured and consumed him for so many years: "Love is a very fluid thing, and it can go every which direction. I didn't want any one person in the film to be a villain, as everyone is just doing the best they can to find happiness." Universal Pictures Presents An Apatow Production: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand. The music is by Lyle Workman; the music supervisor is Jonathan Karp. The film's costume designer is Leesa Evans; the editor is William Kerr. The comedy's production designer is Jackson De Govia; the director of photography is Russ T. Alsobrook, ASC. The executive producers are Richard Vane and Rodney Rothman. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is produced by Judd Apatow and Shauna Robertson. It is written by Jason Segel and directed by Nicholas Stoller. (C)2008 Universal Studios


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