When It Comes To Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow Prefers A 'Fat Rudd'


In an interview due out in October’s Playboy magazine, Paul Rudd spoke about working with Judd Apatow and how the director prefers the actor to have a little more meat on his bones. But it’s no trouble, as Rudd says he doesn’t mind because he “likes the excuse to eat bacon.” Don’t we all?

PLAYBOY: You seriously have to gain weight for a movie role?
RUDD: I know, it’s weird. It’s the opposite of what the studios normally want or what other directors want. But it’s different with Judd. He always says, every time we work together, that he wants me to gain weight. He says, “I like a fat Rudd.”
PLAYBOY: And this is a typical request from Apatow?
RUDD: Oh absolutely. There’s a line in The 40-Year-Old Virgin when my character tells Steve Carell what it’s like to have your heart broken and how you’re constantly gaining and losing weight. I improvised that line because, before we started shooting the movie, I took Judd’s request to put on weight maybe a little too far. And the studio said, “You’re a fat ass. Lose some weight.”

This whole scenario strikes me as weird because honestly, because I have swooned over Rudd many a time in the Apatow-directed movies and never once noticed a different in weight. Oh, wait, I forgot: we’re kind of culturally conditioned not to notice a dude’s poundage. But you, ladies — you’re on watch!


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