Why did James Ponsoldt select Jason Segel to play David Foster Wallace, one of the most acclaimed novelists of the late 20th century, for "The End of the Tour"? In hindsight, the star of R-rated comedies such as "I Love You Man" and the decade-defining TV show "How I Met Your Mother" understands how odd it all must seem.
"This is not a normal choice. It's not an obvious choice," Segel says of starring in the summer release. "But I think that when somebody steps up for you in that way and says 'I believe you can do this,' you are then really motivated to pull it off."