"I'm not going to put clothes on. I know what that means. If I put clothes on, that means it's over."
Sometimes I wonder what life would have been like had I packed up and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting as soon as I graduated high school. Because I really feel like I could have found a home in this crew of Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, etc.... okay, probably not. But maybe. I'll never know. Anyway...
This scene is absolutely hysterical. I regret not seeing it in the theater, because I can't imagine the reaction of a full-house once Segel drops his towel to reveal his yam and giblets. There isn't much outside of the shock of male nudity (and Kristen Bell's amazing reactions) to write about here, but I just want to point a few things out:
Segel got the idea for this scene when he was getting broken up with whilst naked. He claimed he wasn’t upset with the break-up -- he just wanted the woman to leave so he could write it all down. I'm assuming from there, the rest of the story was born. That's the life of a screenwriter -- you have failed attempt after failed attempt to sit down and come up with an idea out of thin air to no avail, you procrastinate and procrastorbate and get down on yourself -- then, out of nowhere, something insane happens, it hits you like a ton of bricks, and you're off to the races.
The opening of "How to Self-Sabotage in New York City" features the protagonist, full-frontally exposed and vulnerable in a doctor's office. If I ever get my shot to make it, I’m GOING FOR IT (line up and take a number, investors). You can't really call Segal at trailblazer for doing this scene, BUT he certainly upped the ante in terms of humiliating, cringe-worthy scenes to introduce the everyman protagonist.
And if you ever get a moment to read a Jason Segel script, please do so. The stage directions are almost funnier than the actual films themselves.