Jason Segel Was Forced to Lose Weight to Play Emily Blunt's Fiance

The actor says he had to shape up in order to make him "believable" as Blunt's love interest in The Five-Year Engagement

Actors have famously lost weight to play all sorts of roles -- but in Jason Segel's case, he was forced to shed pounds just to seem believable as Emily Blunt's fiance in his upcoming romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement.

The Muppets star revealed on Late Night with David Letterman on Monday that he was "forced to lose weight" to star in his own film (he co-wrote and produced The Five-Year Engagement with writing partner/director Nicholas Stoller). So who did the forcing?

"The studio president," Segel told David Letterman, referring to Universal Pictures president Ron Meyer. "I was told that it had to be conceivable that Emily Blunt would ever choose me to be her husband. Which is fair."

Considering Segel, 32, wrote the part of Violet -- a psychology fellow in love with Segel's character Tom, a chef -- specifically for Blunt, 29, he had no choice but to lose 35 pounds to please the studio execs.

And if it made the love scenes more believable, Segel was all for it! Despite being good friends with Blunt's husband John Krasinski, Segel had no issues including as many kissing and sex scenes with his lovely costar.

"I wrote all these love scenes with Emily Blunt and she shows up and she just has to do it because we're paying her money and it's her job," Segel joked.

Is it a sign of gender equality that a studio exec finally asked an actor to shape up to play a gorgeous actress' love interest, or is it just another case of Hollywood's obsession with weight?

Regardless of his weight, we continue to believe Segel is one of the Sexiest Men Alive.

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