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Where do we know Paul Rudd from?

From Friends to Ant-Man, here's where Team Popverse knows Paul Rudd from

Paul Rudd as Ant-Man
Image credit: Marvel Studios

Celebrities are celebrities because we know who they are, but how we know who they are varies from person to person. For some, for example, Leonardo DiCaprio will always be Jack from Titanic, but younger moviegoers might know him better as that dude from Inception with the top.

Where do we know That Dude from? is a new Popverse column that will be appearing weekly, as Team Popverse shares where they know the particular That Guy (gender neutral) in each installment from.

Our topic for this week: Paul Rudd

Chris Arrant - Late Night talk shows

Paul Rudd and Conan O'Briend on Conan show
Image credit: Conaco

I actually know Paul Rudd best not from his movies or his TV shows, but his late night talk show appearances such as on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and then The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. While I’m sure he’s a good actor, its his gregarious and hip-uncle vibes that proved to be the most endearing and memorable for me.

Tiffany Babb - Friends

Still image of Paul Rudd in Friends
Image credit: Warner Bros

I am shocked that I am the only person on this list to mention Friends. Sure, Paul Rudd wasn't in the classic comedy for that long, but with such an iconic show, it's hard to not remember him at least a bit for this role.

Trent Cannon - I Love You, Man

Paul Rudd in I Love You Man
Image credit: Dreamworks

To me, Paul Rudd will always be the awkwardly shy real estate agent in 2009's I Love You, Man. He has cringeworthy chemistry with everyone in that movie, from Jason Segel and Rashida Jones to Lou Ferrigno's extended cameo.

Grant DeArmitt - Anchorman

Paul Rudd in Anchorman
Image credit: Dreamworks

60% of the time, I think about this all the time.

Graeme McMillan - Knocked Up

Paul Rudd in Knocked Up
Image credit: Univeral Pictures

While I’d seen and enjoyed Clueless, Friends, Reno 911, and Veronica Mars – he’s Desmond Fellows! – I’m pretty sure Paul Rudd somehow flew under my radar as anything other than “that likeable jerk” until 2007’s Knocked Up, where he plays… a likeable jerk. Is likeable the wrong word for Pete in that movie? Probably, but for some reason, that was the one where I feel like I first started actually recognizing him. Call it the Judd Apatow effect.

Ashley V. Robinson - Ant-Man

custom_fields.Caption:"Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror in Marvel Studios' ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA.
Image credit: Photo by Jay Maidment. © 2022 MARVEL."

The first and only things I have ever seen Paul Rudd in are the Ant-Man movies and the Avengers movies he has appeared in.

Veronica Valencia - Clueless

Cropped Clueless poster
Image credit: Paramount Pictures

“As if” I could ever forget Paul Rudd was first and foremost Josh from Clueless.


And that's all for this week. Where do you know Paul Rudd from? Let us know in the comments below.


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Tiffany Babb

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Tiffany Babb is Popverse's deputy editor and resident Sondheim enthusiast. Tiffany likes stories that understand genre conventions (whether they play into them or against them), and she cries very easily at the movies— but rarely at the moments that are meant to be tearjerkers.
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