Creator: Paul Rudd
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 is expected to reprise the role in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
- 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
- This Is Forty
- This Is the End
- Captain America: Civil War
- 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.
- The Cast Showoff: He's a fantastic dancer, and directors like to work it into the film if they can.
- Deadpan Snarker: A lot of his characters run on this.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: His expansive resume and penchant for making cameos in films directed by his friends basically ensures that even if you don't know his name, you definitely recognize his face.
- Identical Stranger: For a brief moment in October 2014 he was hailed as a hero after a recording showed him helping tackle a man at an airport who had begun assaulting another passenger while screaming homophobic slurs. He was very surprised to hear about his heroics, as he had been watching a baseball game in a different state at the time. The man was a random stranger who happened to look exactly like him.
- In Name Only: His adaptation of 'Admission' appears to be a Rom Com with some grossout 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.
- Money, Dear Boy: Honestly, how else does one explain Over Her Dead Body or Overnight Delivery?
- Older Than They Look: The man seems to have just stopped ageing in the mid-nineties.
- Old Shame: He's not exactly thrilled to talk about some of his older projects, such as Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers.
- One of Us: He's a self-described mega fan of Lost.
- Production Posse: Has the distinction, along with Elizabeth Banks, of being one of the only people to hold membership in both the Judd Apatow and David Wain posses.
- Running Gag: Whenever he promotes a movie on Conan, the clip of the movie he's supposed to be promoting gets replaced by the runaway wheelchair scene from Mac and Me.
- 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 Twelth Night.
- Those Two Actors:
- He's been in several movies with Elizabeth Banks.
- And Jennifer Aniston.
- And Reese Witherspoon.
- And Jason Segel
- And Janeane Garafolo.
- What Could Have Been: He and his Anchorman/40 Year Old Virgin castmate Steve Carell were originally slated to star in Party Down, but after the project was shelved multiple times and both of their careers exploded, the roles were eventually recast.