Some actors are timeless. In Paul Rudd’s case, he’s just ageless. Yes, the unwrinkled and smooth perfection of Rudd’s features have caused many to proclaim more sinister and mysterious than simple product, Botox, and wealthy, healthy living. Beyond his youthful looks, Paul Rudd has made a staple for himself by appearing as a lovable loser in comedies and beyond. Charming us with his sparkling eyes and great delivery
To celebrate the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, we’re here to celebrate all things Paul Rudd!
Bonus: Knocked Up for that shrooms sequence; I Love You, Man for “slappa da bass,” and Parks and Recreation for the gift that kept giving – Bobby Newport!
One of Rudd’s first ever performances gave many young people their first ever crushes. In this modern nineties adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. The film revolves around Cher, a fashion-obsessed popular girl who is trying to navigate high-school the easiest way possible. Using her intellect, she sets-up teachers, friends, and more and reaps the benefits of their pairings. But is she truly happy?
Rudd plays her step-brother Sonny who actively rolls his eyes at Cher’s antics but the pair soon begin to find a kinship. Smart and open, Rudd’s Sonny was on the book of every teenager in the nineties.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Wet Hot American Summer is a spoof outrageous comedy that tackles all those summer teen movies. It skewers tropes, adds eccentricity, and has become a really fucking hilarious film tht spawned off two television series just as brilliant as the last. The film sees a camp and the counsellors who run it, prepping for the last day of camp as they say goodbye to the relationships they’ve built over summer. Paul Rudd plays hot douchebag Andy who seduces all the girls despite being in a relationship with our leading lady. Rudd is clearly having the best time as the long-haired seventies Lothario who gets his comeuppance in the end.
Also, the film did also provide us with this gif too…
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
“Sixty per cent of the time, it works every time.”
Classic lines a plenty come in Will Ferrell led comedy Anchorman. The sensational comedy that spawned an unnecessary sequel is still regarded as one of the funniest comedy films of the 21st Century. The film revolves around Ferrell’s titular character as he rides the high and low waves of being a TV news anchor. Rudd plays the sex-obsessed woman “charmer” Brian Fontanna , even though his “charms” fail to work. By this point, we just know that Rudd has absolute impeccable comedic delivery and
Prince Avalanche (2013)
Ugh. You just really want Paul Rudd to continue making these types of films. That brooding and unassuming indie film that broils with character and mute comedy. The movie by David Gordon Green is a charming and eloquent sleeper hit where an odd pairing – the meditative Alvin and the dopey Lance – head to the woods in order paint traffic lines. Bonding over their work and scenery, Rudd alongside Emile Hirsch move greatly with heart and redolent emotion. Their dysfunctional relationship is an absolute draw and intensely beautiful to watch, brooding with that Sundance spirit.
The Fundamentals of Caring (2014)
There were about two different roles Rudd was type-cast into before he put on a really, really, ridiculously small super-suit: The kinda loser straight guy in a group of crazy drunken idiot friends or the kinda loser adult trying to teach a younger audience the way forward. With The Fundamentals of Caring, he gets to marry both these stereotypes in a great way. Playing the down-and-out Ben, a retired writer who starts to look after a disabled young man, Rudd is in his element. Having great rapport with the young Craig Roberts, Rudd meets many poignant moments in this surprisingly tender and very funny road trip comedy.
Captain America: Civil War (2015)
There were two great things about Ant-Man. Michael Pena and Paul Rudd. Sadly, it was just a wasted opportunity. Rudd never really got to shine in a lacklustre movie. That being said, for the half an hour he appears in Captain America: Civil War, he’s a riot. Look, Rudd definitely does embody the role of master-thief Scott Lang in a roguish type manner – making him somewhat of a loser but with enough mettle to become a superhero as well as adding undying love for his daughter. In Civil War, Rudd takes those elements to brand new heights, literally, and steals every scene. Ok, he steals every scene until Spider-Man appears!
We’re excited to see what he does next with Ant-Man and the Wasp!
Ant-Man and the Wasp is out in cinemas now!
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I forgot about Prince Avalanche, but it’s such a precious gem of a movie! He’s so great.