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Jason Segel: Hollywood is so competitive

Jason Segel knows there will always be an actor who is "making a little more" than him.

The 34-year-old actor made a name for himself as Nick Andopolis on '90s TV show Freaks and Geeks, which also starred James Franco and Seth Rogen. He has since gone on to find film stardom with features including Bad Teacher and This Is 40, but still can't shake the feeling he isn't doing as well as others.

"As I've grown older, the things I care about have narrowed," he told the October issue of British Esquire magazine. "I've realised that this business constantly tightens the criteria for success so that you're never winning. Turn around and there's another billboard with another guy whose movie made a little more than you, or this guy's doing this kind of movie that you wish you were doing."

Jason has stayed true to his small-screen roots though and gained fans worldwide with his role as Marshall Eriksen in sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which ended after nine seasons earlier this year. Even while he was appearing in the popular programme the star made sure he kept himself busy working on his film career, penning features such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets.

"I thought, to maintain my status, I should make one film a year at least," he smiled. "So, I'd write it through the year and shoot during that April-to-August hiatus from the TV show. It was a real hamster wheel."

He has also tried his hand at writing fiction for children, with his book Nightmares! being released later this year. It's based on a screenplay he wrote and sold during his 20s, but it never got made into a movie. While many of his dreams have been accomplished, Jason admits there is still one venture he has yet to achieve.

"So far, everything I've ever written has had something happen with it, except for two things. Nightmares! was one of them, and now that's a book. So, there's this one last script," he chuckled. "I can't help it. I've got this Count of Monte Cristo-esque thing that says, 'Let's go revisit those and turn them into something!'"

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