Facts That Prove, Conclusively, Paul Rudd Is The Most Charming Human Man Alive
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. 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 Tribute to His Deceased Father on 'Saturday Night Live'Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY
When Rudd learned he would host SNL for the first time, his dad was excited but was sick from cancer and died shortly before Rudd hosted. At the end of the show, during the closing credits, Rudd held out the front of his shirt - he was wearing his father’s Navy shirt - and looked up and blew a kiss.
Rudd Has Pranked Conan O’Brien with the Same Clip from Mac and Me for 15 YearsVideo: YouTube
When Rudd appears on any Conan show, he’s supposed to show a clip of his latest movie. But every time, he shows the very same clip of Eric, played by Jade Calegory, in a wheelchair going over a cliff into a lake with Mac looking on. Rudd brings the same clip from the ‘80s flop every single time. That’s 15 years of pranking Conan O’Brien.
Rudd Hasn’t Lost His Kansas Roots
Rudd’s mom still lives there and he visits often. Rob Riggle and Jason Sudeikis 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.”
When the Royals won the AL Championship Series in 2015, he made a joke on the local news inviting fans to a kegger at his mom's house, and a few fans actually took him up on the offer. The fans were turned away, but he did offer a rain check if the Royals won the World Series.
Wet Hot American Summer Gave Rudd His Comedy Voice
“It was the most fun ever,” he said. “We were all friends. We all stayed and lived on the camp. Up until that movie, I had never worked on any comedy that was really my own sense of humor. I mean, Clueless is smart, but Wet Hot American Summer was the first subversive thing I ever got to do. It was shot for a million dollars and I remember Zak Orth was saying, ‘You know, I don’t even know if this thing would ever even come out. I just want to be able to have a videotape of it’ - this was pre-DVD. And that’s what we all thought.”
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 FamePhoto: Metaweb / CC-BY
Parties have been a gauge of where he is on the success timeline. As Rudd told The Independent in 2013, “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.”