Paul Rudd played the hilariously over-confident character of Brian Fantana in the 2004 hit “Anchorman.” Many fans consider Fantana to be one of his most memorable roles, and Paul agrees. He enjoyed playing the character, and he genuinely loved the script when he first read it.
Paul loved the “Anchorman” script so much that he read it more than once. According to Paul, a captivating script that is worthy of a re-read is extremely rare, especially when it comes to comedies. The only other script he re-read is “Wet Hot American Summer,” where he plays teenage dirtbag Andy Fleckner.
He Has a Cute Side Business
Paul Rudd and his wife, Julie, have careers in the entertainment industry. However, they are collaborators in another business venture that has nothing to do with Hollywood. The two co-own a candy shop near their home in Rhinebeck, New York, alongside “One Tree Hill” actress Hilarie Burton.
After the original owner passed away, Paul and Julie were inspired to purchase Samuel’s Sweet Shop. The boutique is a staple of the Rhinebeck community, and the famous couple is pretty involved in the day-to-day operations. You can even order a candy sampler pack featuring a marshmallow cake with a picture of Paul Rudd on it.
Paul’s Marriage Became a Movie
Paul Rudd and Julie Yeager have been married for decades, which is a lifetime by Hollywood standards. Paul keeps his family out of the spotlight and always comments on how un-scandalous his personal life is, which is probably why fans find him so relatable.
However, Paul and Julie’s marriage served as silver screen material for some of his movies. Certain scenes in “Knocked Up” were inspired by Paul’s real-life experiences. In addition, the film’s sequel, “This Is 40,” directly drew from the couple’s long-standing relationship. Director Judd Apatow worked with Paul to realistically depict marriage, warts, and all.
The Most Infamous “Anchorman” Scene
“Anchorman” has some of the most hilarious scenes in recent comedy history. However, there was one particular scene that Paul Rudd and his co-stars struggled to get through, and it annoyed the crew to no end.
The infamous scene shows Steve Carrell’s character, Brick, chowing down on what he thinks is a falafel hot dog with cinnamon and bacon on top. It’s quickly revealed that his “falafel” is an old coffee filter, making the scene as hilarious as it is disgusting. Paul and his co-stars were so grossed out by how real the coffee filter looked that they broke character every time they tried to film.
His Life-Changing Meeting With Stan Lee
Paul Rudd’s latest foray into acting has been the recurring role of Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although some Marvel fans thought a feature film about the lesser-known superhero was kind of odd, Paul was all about it. He felt confident taking on the role, thanks largely to creator Stan Lee.
Paul got the chance to meet Stan Lee before he passed away. According to Paul, Stan was ecstatic that they were turning Ant-Man into a feature film superhero. The legendary comic book creator told Paul that the movie would finally depict the hero as he always envisioned.