BADASS TUESDAY: Rudd

August 23, 2011
I’ll be honest: I’ve been a fan of Paul Rudd ever since he first appeared in Friends as Mike Hannigan, Phoebe’s longest love interest and eventual husband, and in Clueless as Josh Lucas, Cher’s ex-stepbrother. Minor roles, sure, but I loved them nonetheless. Then there was Wet Hot American Summer. Before long, Rudd was acting and starring in some of the funniest comedies in recent history: Anchorman, 40-Year-Old-Virgin, Knocked Up, I Love You Man, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Beyond all that, Rudd is something of a hometown hero. Having moved to Kansas City when he was ten, Paul remains a regular visitor to the city and a huge Chiefs fan. Hell, he even narrated their season of Hard Knocks on HBO. In interviews, you can sense both his humility and his humor. He’s a professional who never makes the mistake of taking himself too seriously. As he once told Nylon, “I hear people talk about ‘the craft,’ and I just think, ‘Oh, you’re so full of shit.'”
Also, he’s pretty damn good looking. As one Elle writer once wrote, Rudd is “better looking that your neighbor but not so gorgeous that he couldn’t play your neighbor in a movie.” Plus, we’re pretty big proponents of men who are just as comfortable in a week’s worth of unshaven scruff and T-shirts as they are in a tailored suit. Paul, of course, is one of these men. He’s also a Jayhawk. While that is something that we’re willing to overlook, his swagger is something we simply cannot.
*Try not to stare into those eyes for too long, ladies.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13029023688758654672 Kayla

    Oh, swoon. I keep hoping that since I’m a KC native, I’ll randomly run into him on the street.

    Alas, I think it’s just a pipe dream.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17952369089649656400 mallory wiegers

    JAYHAWK NATION

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05341951262271384712 dani

    Hell. Yeah.

    Ohhh the weather outside is weather…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04594176775708770204 Michael

    I actually met him when he was filming “How Do You Know?” on my block in Washington DC. I told him I had been a fan since Wet Hot American Summer and he seemed genuinely thankful for my comment. Very humble, down to earth guy from what I could tell. He deserves all his successes.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08038761871346201630 Amy Creyer

    Paul Rudd was even hot in My Idiot Brother, which I just saw in theaters this weekend. He’s surprisingly versatile. I’m happy to see him getting different types of comedy roles now. When he first started I thought he was going to be pigeon-holed as a dry comedian like Jason Bateman.


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