I've spent a fair amount of time now talking with Jason Segel about his various projects, and from the first time I met him on the set of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," he's been talking about his love for the Muppets and his desire to make a Muppet movie.

So even though I sat down with him at the Four Seasons last week to talk about "Despicable Me," the new animated film where he plays Vector, the bad guy of the film.  It was good to catch up with Segel, who seems to be enjoying his hiatus from "How I Met Your Mother," and his enthusiasm for this film and for his upcoming Muppets collaboration is evident in the conversation.

It's funny... last week was a very Apatow week for me, even though Judd wasn't involved at all.  Monday started with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg at the "Green Hornet" event, I ended up seeing "Dinner For Schmucks" and discussing it with Steve Carell, I met Martin Starr at that screening, and then I wrapped it up with Segel at the Four Seasons.  That's in addition to the "Scott Pilgrim" event just before that, with Michael Cera front and center.  It strikes me that even with Apatow taking things easy right now, and deservedly so, the ripple effect of the run of movies he wrote, directed, or produced between "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Funny People" is enormous, and still playing out.

We'll have more "Despicable Me" coverage next week, including two different interviews with Steve Carell, my sit-down with "iCarly" tween superstar Miranda Cosgrove, and a review of the film. 

"Despicable Me" opens in theaters July 9.

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