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10 of Paul Rudd’s Greatest Roles That Prove He Never Ages

Over the past 30+ years, audiences have fallen in love with the charming Paul Rudd for a number of reasons, ranging from his dynamic roles to his hilarious sense of self to the fact that he never seems to age — he’s hard not to love.

Whatever the reason, he has become one of Hollywood’s biggest icons and certainly worth celebrating, which we’re doing via this guide to 10 of Paul Rudd’s greatest roles, among them Friends, Clueless and, of course, Ant-Man.

1. Clueless

Paul Rudd and Alicia Silverstone in 'Clueless' (1995)
movirstillsdb.com/Paramount Pictures

SYNOPSIS: This cult classic 90’s teen movie follows a spoiled high school girl named Cher (Alicia Silverstone), as she tries to transform the school’s new girl from grunge to glam.

CHARACTER: Josh

YEAR OF RELEASE: 1995

PAUL RUDD’S THOUGHTS: Recently, Rudd shared which scene from the film still haunts him to this day.When I go to the kitchen and make the sandwich, I put the mayonnaise on the bread, not directly onto the turkey itself. A little thing about me is I hate mayonnaise and I hate condiments. And it skeeved me out. I had never had mayonnaise on a sandwich, and I was so nervous with the timing of the scene, I just put the mayonnaise on the turkey. Now, when I see that scene, it’s like nails on a chalkboard.”

INTERESTING FACT: Rudd auditioned for the roles of Murray, Christian and Elton before becoming Josh.

WHERE TO STREAM: Paramount+.

2. Friends: Paul Rudd’s greatest roles

paul rudd's greatest roles" Paul Rudd and Lisa Kudrow in 'Friends' (2004)
Paul Rudd and Lisa Kudrow in ‘Friends’ (2004) moviestillsdb.com/NBC

SYNOPSIS: Rudd joined the cast of Friends in season 9, as the love interest — and eventual husband — of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow). Rudd appeared in 16 episodes total.

CHARACTER: Mike Hannigan

YEAR OF RELEASE: 2002 to 2004

PAUL RUDD’S THOUGHTS: Rudd was one of the few guest stars to appear in the finale, and he recently recalled that, “I never knew that I was going to be in as many [episodes] as I was. But it also felt strange. I was in that last episode, and I just thought, ‘I shouldn’t be here. I’m getting a front-row seat to things I’m not supposed to see.’ They were all crying, it was all emotional, and I was just like, ‘Woah!'”

INTERESTING FACT: The only reason Mike and Phoebe (Kudrow) got married was because the cast and crew wanted to keep Rudd on the show for as long as possible.

WHERE TO STREAM: Max.

3. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carell and Will Ferrell in 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' (2004)
Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carell and Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) moviestillsdb.com/DreamWorks Pictures

SYNOPSIS: Laughter ensues in this hit comedy set in the 1970’s. After joining the Channel 4 News Team in San Diego, California, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) quickly learns how sexist the office really is.

CHARACTER: Brian Fantana

YEAR OF RELEASE: 2004

PAUL RUDD’S THOUGHTS: “Brian Fantana is a guy who’s pretty impressed with himself or likes to present himself that way, but he is just staggeringly insecure and trying his hardest to look like the smoothest dude out there.”

INTERESTING FACT: Rudd wanted the part so badly that he called his agent every day until he got cast to see if they had any news.

WHERE TO STREAM: Hulu.

4. The 40-Year-Old-Virgin: Paul Rudd’s greatest roles

Paul Rudd in 'The 40-Year-Old-Virgin' (2005) Paul Rudd's greatest roles
Paul Rudd in The 40-Year-Old-Virgin (2005moviestillsdb.com/Universal Pictures

SYNOPSIS: After learning that their friend Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is still a virgin at 40-years-old, his friends set out on a mission to get him a girlfriend.

CHARACTER: David

YEAR OF RELEASE: 2005

PAUL RUDD’S THOUGHTS: One of the most iconic moments in the film is the waxing scene, and Rudd revealed that “When Steve was getting waxed in that scene, he really was… We set up like five cameras because once you did it, you weren’t going to be able to go back and do it again. Steve is hilarious. He knew how to scream and make it funny.”

INTERESTING FACT: The entire “You Know How I Know You’re Gay” scene was improvised by Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.

WHERE TO STREAM: Hulu.

5. I Love You, Man

Paul Rudd and Jason Segel in 'I Love You, Man' (2009)
Paul Rudd and Jason Segel in I Love You, Man (2009) moviestillsdb.com/Paramount Pictures

SYNOPSIS: After getting engaged to the love of his life, Peter Klaven (Rudd) realizes he has no one to be his best man. So, he sets off to find the perfect one.

CHARACTER: Peter Klaven

YEAR OF RELEASE: 2009

PAUL RUDD’S THOUGHTS: It was so much fun making that movie, and there was such a joyful feel to it, I think, because Jason and I could complete each other’s sentences. And as far as any kind of joke or any kind of dumb, crazy thing that someone might think of, the other guy would happily bat an eye and take it and go with it in some other direction.”

INTERESTING FACT: The billboard with Peter in bed was taken from Paul Rudd’s 2006 Rolling Stone photo shoot.

WHERE TO STREAM: Paramount+

6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Paul Rudd’s greatest roles

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Paul Rudd's greatest roles
Paul Rudd in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) moviestillsdb.com/Summit Entertainment

SYNOPSIS: Based on the best-selling book, this heart wrenching film follows a high school kid named Charlie (Logan Lerman), who struggles with severe mental illness. Rudd plays Charlie’s teacher, who seems to understand him better than most.

CHARACTER: Bill Anderson

YEAR OF RELEASE: 2012

PAUL RUDD’S THOUGHTS: When asked how he decided to play the character, Rudd said, “One thing that Stephen [Chbosky] had said to me that I hadn’t quite thought of was that I’m probably aware of this kid [Charlie], aware of what happened to him with his friend. So, having that knowledge, I’m already going into wanting to look out for him. That also changed the dynamic. But I absolutely think that Bill sees some of himself in this kid, although I think he thinks that Charlie is more talented than he is.”

INTERESTING FACT: Paul Rudd and Emma Watson would go on to star in This Is the End (2013) together.

WHERE TO STREAM: Sling TV.

7. Ant-Man

Paul Rudd in 'Ant-Man' (2015)
Paul Rudd in Ant-Man (2015) Moviestillsdb.com/Disney

SYNOPSIS: After being released from his company, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits criminal Scott Lang (Rudd) to help him use his Ant-Man technology for good instead of evil.

CHARACTER: Scott Lang/Ant-Man

YEAR OF RELEASE: 2015

PAUL RUDD’S THOUGHTS: Rudd underwent extensive training to get in shape for the role. He even revealed, “When I was having to train for the Ant-Man movie, and I was on a very restrictive diet, my reward was sparkling water. That’s how horrible that diet was. I was like, ‘Alright, I’m gonna have some sparkling water now; I’ve earned it.’ Yeah, it was great. It wasn’t flavored; I wasn’t gonna go crazy.”

INTERESTING FACT: Rudd and Adam McKay wrote the film’s opening scene.

WHERE TO STREAM: Disney+.

8. Avengers: Endgame: Paul Rudd’s greatest roles

Avengers: Endgame: Paul Rudd's greatest roles
Paul Rudd, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame (2019) Moviestillsdb.com/Disney

SYNOPSIS: Avengers Assemble for this epic finale. After half the world was blipped away from Thanos (Josh Brolin), the universe’s mightiest superheroes must band together one last time to try and bring them back.

CHARACTER: Scott Lang/Ant-Man

YEAR OF RELEASE: 2019

PAUL RUDD’S THOUGHTS: “I remember on the set of [Avengers:] Endgame, I was working out so hard, eating perfectly for so long, training like an athlete. And I stood next to Chris Hemsworth [a former Sexiest Man Alive], and I thought, ‘What’s the point? Why even try, ’cause there’s that.'”

INTERESTING FACT: Rudd was filming this and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) at the same time.

WHERE TO STREAM: Disney+.

9. Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Paul Rudd in 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' (2021)
Paul Rudd in Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) moviestillsdb.com/Sony Pictures Releasing

SYNOPSIS: After moving to a small town, two kids soon discover their grandfather’s legacy: ghostbusting.

CHARACTER: Mr. Grooberson

YEAR OF RELEASE: 2021

PAUL RUDD’S THOUGHTS: A large part of being a Ghostbuster is the equipment, and while it may seem cool, Rudd has a different opinion. “These are very heavy. Not fun to wear. After a while, thankfully, the guys on the crew would come out and put these stands up that had wood on it… That we could stand and rest them. It looks ridiculous sometimes, all of us standing around resting our packs as we were kind of leaning on this thing.”

INTERESTING FACT: Rudd’s character is seen reading an Avengers comic book during a class, which directly references his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

WHERE TO STREAM: Hulu.

10. Only Murders in the Building: Paul Rudd’s greatest roles

Only Murders in the Building: Paul Rudd's greatest roles
Paul Rudd in Only Murders in The Building (2022) movistillsdb.com/Hulu

SYNOPSIS: Rudd joined the Only Murders in the Building cast in season 3, which revolved around the cast and crew trying to figure out if the murder committed onstage was on accident or on purpose.

CHARACTER: Ben Glenroy

YEAR OF RELEASE: 2022-2023

PAUL RUDD’S THOUGHTS: When asked how he felt about getting cast, Rudd said, “For a comedy fan like myself, Martin Short and Steve Martin, that’s Mount Rushmore. I mean, truly hero worship. To get to work with them, I still kind of can’t believe it. Selena [Gomez], I adore. I’ve worked with her a couple of times and she’s the greatest. And then, when I heard Meryl Streep was on board, it just didn’t seem real. It still doesn’t seem real.”

INTERESTING FACT: Rudd and Selena Gomez also worked together on The Fundamentals of Caring (2016).

WHERE TO STREAM: Hulu.


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