You know that fellow er, whatshisname, the one that’s in every other freakin’ movie lately?
You know, just to name a few, the guy who plays Phoebe’s husband in the sitcom “Friends”?
Or, better yet, the dude who gets high on shrooms with Ben in the pop culture hit “Knocked Up”?
What’s his name again? Paul Rudd? Yeah, that’s him.
I love him.
And so do you.
He’s witty (a huh), charming (quite a bit), cute (in a geeky way) and just impossible to hate. From his breakthrough role as Josh on “Clueless” (“like, whatever”) to his current role as Peter in “I Love You, Man” (“Slap the base!”) this actor is winning both men and women over with his movie roles.
He’s the guy that everyone, men and women, want to not only befriend, but also sleep with. I call it the “Clooney-Depp” syndrome because, if you haven’t noticed, Clooney and Depp are the only other two actors that are rarely disliked in the entertainment world.
And it’s because they rock too.
But back to Rudd.
From his roles as the constant “best friend” in various films, to his latest leading spot in the bromance flick, “I Love You, Man”, Rudd always manages to steal a big part of the spotlight. He has an almost perfect career, with minor “what was he thinking?” movie choices (like the disaster film ‘Over Her Dead Body’ a.k.a. ninety-five minutes of my life I will never get back).
But overall, Rudd manages to win audiences over and over. And it’s for that very reason that I bring you this short homage to some of my favourite Rudd movie moments and movie lines:
4) The weird guy in “Romeo and Juliet”: Remember that odd boy named Paris in the modern version of Romeo and Juliet? The one who was supposed to marry Juliet (Clare Danes) but another lad named Romeo “stole” her away? He dressed up like an astronaut, or an moron, to the party at the Capulets? Yeah, I knew you would remember. Without him and his creepy affection toward Juliet’s mother, this movie would’ve just been a tragedy—minus the comedy.
3) Surfer dude in “FSM”: “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” was a great movie. Russell Brand was brilliant and hilarious, but it was Rudd’s brief appearance as a surfer instructor that still gets me laughing. “I wonder if the carpet matches her…” is still probably one of the funniest movie lines. Well, after Aldous Snow’s “I’ve lost a shoe…have you seen it anywhere?” speech, of course.
2) Mr. Crap Bag in “Friends”: I adored the show “Friends” and, to this day, I will religiously watch reruns. One of my favourite episodes, hands down, is when Mike (Rudd) threatens to change his name to Crap Bag. Best line in the episode? “If you ever forget my name, just think of a bag of crap.” Ha – Loves it.
1) Loner Peter in “I Love You, Man”: If you haven’t seen this movie yet then go see it. You will mimic the phrase “Slap the base” Paul-Rudd style for days. Hilarious I tell ya. Hilarious.
Now, as I anxiously await the next Rudd box office hit, I have to say just one more thing.
I Love You, Paul Rudd.
I Love You, Man.