Paul Rudd perhaps became a household name when he starred in Clueless, opposite Alicia Silverstone, but it wasn’t until his guest stint on Friends in 2004 as Phoebe’s bf-turned-husband Mike Hannigan that I first noticed him. He was the perfect blend of sweet, sincere & funny guy to balance out Phoebe’s crazy zaniness and the two of them melted hearts throughout their courtship culminating to their wedding out in the snowy cold streets of NYC.
From there, he made us laugh as Brian Fantana – part of the news team lead by Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy in Anchorman – which, to me, solidified his place in that group of comedic actors as being able to hold his own among them. The next almost-decade would land him roles in some iconic “recent” comedies such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, I Love You, Man, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up and This is 40 – just to name just a few. His most recent recurring TV role was over at another NBC hit show, Parks & Recreation as Bobby Newport and for the bookish connection, he was also in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
What inspired me to feature him this week for Swoon-Worthy Sundays is because I saw Admission this past week and it has reminded me how much I adore this guy. While I was worried about the movie getting “rom-com schmaltzed-up”, with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd at the helm, it certainly allowed for their dry witty sense of humour to come through. It doesn’t seem to have received many great reviews, but I quite enjoyed it. Yes, there’s a bit of cheese-factor – as is expected in a romantic comedy – but there were also some great dramatic and comedic moments. Also? Paul Rudd’s eyes are ridiculously blue in so many of the shots. I couldn’t stop looking at them when he was on screen. 🙂
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I love that he is such a fantastically versatile actor, who can pull off being ridiculously campy to tugging at heartstrings as a romantic lead. Extremely looking forward to Anchorman 2, out in December 2013.
Bonus swoon-factor: while researching info about him for this post, I discovered on his IMDB page that he’s a huge fan of Lost. Love.