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Paul Rudd, Jason Segel comedy premieres

Friday’s Tribeca Grand premiere of “I Love You, Man” was an intimate affair that, in homage to the film, was very “chillaxed.”

While it took director John Hamburg one lunch to convince Paul Rudd and Jason Segel to star in the pic, it took a lot longer to get the project off the ground.

“The screenplay has been around for 11 years,” pic’s producer Donald De Line said at the Soho Grand Hotel penthouse after-party.

When Hamburg finally got a hold of the Larry Levin script, he wrote his own version — a version “so airtight,” according to Rudd and Segal, that it didn’t require much ad-libbing.

“We were allowed to improv as much as we wanted,” explained Segel, “but the script was so honed that we didn’t really need to.”

One word not in the original script that got major laughs was Rudd’s “chillaxing,” which, thesp explained, “just popped into my head while we were filming.”

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