9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’
7. Dracula Musical
Another part of the movie that was taken from Segel’s real life is the Dracula musical! He wrote it as a way to kick start his acting career and they incorporated it into the film to create an original ending. “We were sitting around brainstorming, like, what could be an original ending for a romantic comedy? And I looked at him half-joking, and I said, well, we could use my Dracula musical. And he looked at me…You saw this look in his eyes like, oh my God, that’s weird enough that it might work. So I rewrote it that night, that my character’s been secretly working on a Dracula opera, and that’s how that happened,” said Segel in an interview with Fresh Air.
6. Russell Brand’s Audition
Russell Brand landed the role of Aldous Snow without even trying! He showed up to the audition without reading the script and asked what the role was about. “[I]n walks Russell Brand in his full regalia. He’s wearing leather pants, he’s wearing a shirt unbuttoned to his navel and just like – it must have been three pounds of necklaces and his hair all teased. He’s wearing eyeliner – I mean just totally wrong for the part. And he walks in and he has the nerve to look at me, the writer, and he said, you’ll have to forgive me mate, I’ve only had a chance to take a cursory glance of your little script. Perhaps you should tell me what it is you require?” said Segel.