Paul Stephen Rudd (b. 1969, or so he claims) is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer, and if you're watching one of his movies, there's a good chance that he's playing either a Jerkass, the Only Sane Man, or some combination thereof. Judd Apatow likes working with him. So do the Stella guys. Between them all, he's appeared in nearly every major American comedy (save for The Hangover and Bridesmaids) produced in the past ten years.In 2015, he officially joined the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes when he debuted as Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man; he reprised the role in Captain America: Civil War and is expected to in Ant-Man & The Wasp.
- William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
- Wet Hot American Summer
- The Shape of Things
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin
- Night at the Museum
- Knocked Up
- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall
- Role Models
- I Love You, Man
- Year One
- Dinner for Schmucks
- I Could Never Be Your Woman
- This Is Forty
- This Is the End
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2015 — present) as Scott Lang / Ant-Man:
- Sausage Party (2016)
- Reads the audiobook version of More Information Than You Require... but is quickly taken over by John Hodgman.
He provides examples of:
- Bromantic Comedy: He's starred in many of them.
- Deadpan Snarker: A lot of his characters run on this.
- In-Name-Only: His adaptation of Admission appears to be a Rom Com with some gross-out humor. The novel it is based on is fairly dramatic with a romantic subplot. Half the scenes in the trailer do not appear in the novel, and an entire subplot seems to have disappeared. The trailer also leaves off the main plot of the novel, which is not terrible since the novel doesn't really get to that plot until 400 pages in.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Was the subject of this from Mark Ruffalo — not exactly a slouch in the Hollywood star department himself — on the red carpet after his Ant-Man debut.Ruffalo: Is that Paul Rudd?!
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Tends to play a lot of jerk asses and handsome leches, but his character in Wet Hot American Summer cranks it Up to Eleven.
- Older Than They Look: The man seems to have just stopped aging in the mid-nineties.
- Running Gag: Whenever he promoted a movie on on Late Night with Conan O'Brien or on Conan (post-2010), he'd replace the clip of the movie he's supposed to be promoting with the runaway wheelchair scene from Mac and Me. He did this so often that Conan would ask him not to, he would earnestly promise that he hadn't this time, and then...
- Lately he's become craftier by having the real promotional clip start off only to be replaced by the Mac and Me scene.
- Shakespearean Actors: He has had Shakespeare roles on stage and on screen. On screen, it was the role of Paris in William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and he also appeared on Twelfth Night.