Who’s a good guy, a fine actor, a dangerously silly man, and an improv master? Paul Rudd, that’s who. That’s why Paul Rudd facts rule and why you will win at Paul Rudd trivia once you check out this list. Unless you ARE Paul Rudd. And if you are, you are awesome.
From his habitual clip prank on Conan to his ability to survive a crappy movie and still be beloved, Paul Rudd is as close to a superhero as any human can get. He’s not ripping the roads or showing off. He’s not up in the club or drunkenly slurring on TMZ. Paul Rudd seems quite happy to just go to work, do his thing, and keep the drama on the stage and screen. He’s also pretty cute in lederhosen.
What’s so great about Paul Rudd? Well, his crazy love of pop music. His ageless face. His porn ‘stache in Anchorman. His luxurious hair and the fact that it survived a shooting. His total and complete love of Steve Martin. Or that time he asked his mom to shave his hairline back to mimic Adam Ant’s receding hairline. Or even that time he made Leslie Mann fold in half during filming of This Is 40. Then there are his amazing dance moves, inspired by the world of awkward otherworldly beings. Any true Paul Rudd biography would be incomplete without mention of celery man. True fans know who that is.
Paul Rudd is so magical, we forget that he’s magical. And these Paul Rudd facts will bear that out. Upvote your favorite Paul Rudd trivia and let your sex panther run wild.
He Paid a Tribute to His Deceased Father on Saturday Night Live
Rudd Has Pranked Conan O’Brien with the Same Clip from Mac and Me for 15 Years
This Is 40 Was Fueled by Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd’s Marriages
There was a lot of improv and both actors were fine with that. Sometimes the only direction they would get would be, “argue.”
Source: Ask Men
Rudd Hasn’t Lost His Kansas Roots
Rudd’s mom still lives there and he visits often. Rob Riggle and Jason Sudekis are also from Kansas City and the three of them hosted a charity poker event for a children’s hospital. They also got to throw out the first pitch at a Royals game.
“They put us in uniforms, like full-on Royals uniforms, which was awesome,” said Rudd. “Rob has always had this kind of strapping, barrel-chested, fifties father physique. And Rob put his on and he looked like a third-base coach. He looked like a manager. We all just kept calling him Mr. Riggle. I did not look like I was on the team. I looked like a bat boy.”
Wet Hot American Summer Gave Rudd His Comedy Voice
Rudd and Rogen Topped Off Their Own Jokes in Knocked Up
In playing the “Know How I Know You’re Gay” scenes, Rogen and Rudd being the writers that they are just took the jokes to the stratosphere. They nailed so many of them that they had to be cut for time.
Rogen: You know how I know you’re gay? You’ve Tivo’d every episode of Tourgasm.
Rudd: You know how I know you’re gay? You wanted to put on suits for a four hour drive.
He’s Not Afraid of Aging and Dying
On an eye doctor’s visit, with a journalist in tow, Rudd was told that his eyes were getting worse.
“I’m not surprised by anything because I really just feel as if I’m on a slow, steady course to, just, destruction in every facet of my body and mind. My body is like a sandcastle. It can only take some many waves.” His acceptance of death has made him appear ageless. Constant comments about his baby face abound.
“Partying” Has Measured His Fame
Parties have been a gauge of where he is on the success timeline. “I’m very much aware, in the last few years, how the stuff I’ve done has been more visible than the stuff I ever did. I remember feeling that with Friends. I’d been a working actor for some 10 odd years, and I just knew that doing just one episode of Friends, more people were going to see that than everything that I’d ever done, combined, times a billion.”
“It used to be, ‘hold up wait a minute, don’t I know you? You’re that guy!’ I was a ‘that guy’ actor. Then all of a sudden they knew my name.”
His Serious Side Is Amazing
Rudd was theatre trained and it shows. He studied drama at the University of Kansas, got a Spencer Tracy Scholarship to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Plus, he studied at Oxford University’s British Drama Academy.
He produced a play at the Globe Theatre, Howard Brenton’s Bloody Poetry. And played Hamlet, directed by Ben Kingsley. He’s appeared on Broadway.
His dramatic work in film is also remarkable. Just check him out in Prince Avalanche. Or The Cider House Rules, Diggers, or Romeo + Juliet. Rudd has some serious chops.
Source: Paste Magazine
His Childhood Friend Was Jon Hamm and They’re Still Close
He's a Huge Fan of Mel Brooks and Steve Martin