I am tempted to say that Paul Rudd is quickly becoming one of my favourite actors. I mean, we’ve all known about him for a long time and therefore must remember seeing him in some of his earlier movies such as Clueless, 200 Cigarettes, and the lesser known cult classic, Wet Hot American Summer. The more I think about his body of work, the more a common theme seems to develop. I don’t want to use the word typecast because that’s a dirty word but he does seem to display similar traits in many of his roles, mainly the trait of being an asshole.
I love watching him in his element. That is to say being a rude, uncouth, and unmannerly asshole on the screen. Perhaps it is cathartic in a sense. I mean, who hasn’t wanted to stroll into a Starbucks and just rip into them for their pretentious size system. I mean, really, what the hell is a Venti anyway? There is something about his delivery, his constant rolling of the eyes, and his never ending dissaproval of everything around him that endears him to audiences worldwide. It is a notable accomplishment that he manages to strike a balance in many of his roles between his holier than thou, pretentious attitude and on the other side, his gentility and let’s face it, likability.
Anyway, that was a long preamble to showing all of you some scenes to illustrate exactly what I mean. Enjoy!
Paul Rudd in Role Models grabbing a cup of joe
Paul Rudd being his usual mopey self in Wet Hot American Summer
Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man sharing the joy that is Rush with his fiancee