Consider the Slobster: David Foster Wallace Estate Discredits Jason Segel Biopic

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You may have strong feels about Jason Segel playing David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, a film adaptation of journalist David Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. (Especially since that on-set photo of Segel and Jesse Eisenberg showed up.) Well, DFW’s family, estate, and publisher (Little, Brown) have feelings, too. Bad ones! The estate released an estate-ment on Monday clearly declaring they “have no connection with, and neither endorse nor support The End of the Tour.” There’s more:

This motion picture is loosely based on transcripts from an interview David consented to eighteen years ago for a magazine article about the publication of his novel, Infinite Jest. That article was never published and David would never have agreed that those saved transcripts could later be repurposed as the basis of a movie. The Trust was given no advance notice that this production was underway and, in fact, first heard of it when it was publicly announced. For the avoidance of doubt, there is no circumstance under which the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust would have consented to the adaptation of this interview into a motion picture, and we do not consider it an homage.

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