Unless you’re a diehard Paul Rudd fan, you probably don’t know about his cameo appearance on the cult comedy show “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” The short sketch, dubbed “Celery Man,” features Paul Rudd as himself interacting with an AI to find the perfect version of himself dancing.
After perusing different versions of Paul Rudd in different outfits and styles, he eventually finds Tayne, who he’s totally into. A 90s music video by the German techno group Das Modul directly inspired the absurdist skit. We have no idea how Tim and Eric got Paul onto their show, but it will forever live on in infamy on the internet.
Some of His Early Roles
“Clueless” may have been Paul’s breakout role in Hollywood, but it wasn’t his first. Like any emerging actor, he took some smaller roles in shows that didn’t really go anywhere. When he first moved to Los Angeles, he got cast in two different shows called “Sisters” and “Wild Oats.”
Although both jobs were short-lived, they ended up paying off. Film director Amy Heckerling saw Paul’s acting work in “Sisters” and marked him for the role of Josh in her upcoming film, “Clueless.” It just goes to show that any exposure is good exposure when it comes to Hollywood.
He Gave DiCaprio Career Advice
Guess what? Leonardo DiCaprio has Paul Rudd to thank for his extremely successful career. We’re exaggerating, of course. However, Paul and Leo did have a heart-to-heart about a tiny little acting gig in this little movie called “Titanic.” Ever heard of it?
Paul and Leo worked together on “Romeo + Juliet,” and on the last day of filming, the two actors went out for a drink. On the way to the bar, Leo told him that he had just been offered a leading role in “Titanic” and he didn’t know what to do. Naturally, Paul was ecstatic for his friend and told him to accept the role. That is pretty great advice, in our opinion.
A Meta Moment
Every celebrity must have that “a-ha” moment when they realize that they have made it. For most people, we guess that this moment is probably when a stranger recognizes them on the street or asks for an autograph. For Paul Rudd, it was much more subtle and wholesome than that.
Paul realized he was a full-blown celebrity and household name while working on a "New York Times" crossword puzzle. One of the answers was his name, and his mind was completely blown. If that’s not the most “dad” way of realizing how famous you are, we don’t know what is.
His Kids Didn’t Know His Real Job
Paul Rudd likes to keep his kids out of the limelight. Because he never took his kids to movie premieres or allowed paparazzi to harass them, they didn’t fully understand what he did for a living. In fact, Paul claims that his son thought he worked at a movie theater until he was about 15 years old.
It all started when Paul took his toddler-aged son to the movies one day. There was a movie poster with Paul’s face on it in the theater, and his son innocently thought it meant that he worked at that specific theater. Paul thought it was cute and hilarious, so he never corrected that assumption.