The Best Unscripted Paul Rudd Moments That Were Kept in the Movie
VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
WRITTEN BY: Nancy Roberge-Renaud
Who needs a script when you have a comedy legend like Paul Rudd on set! For this list, we'll be looking at loveable improv master Paul Rudd's best ad-libbed lines! Our countdown includes “Clueless”, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, "Ant-Man", and more!
Unscripted Paul Rudd Moments That Were Kept in the Movie
Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for Unscripted Paul Rudd Moments That Were Kept in the Movie.
For this list, we’ll be looking at loveable improv master Paul Rudd’s best ad-libbed lines!
What’s your favorite Paul Rudd moment? Let us know in the comments below!
“I’m Buggin’ Myself”
The 1995 classic teen comedy holds a special place in many 90s kids’ hearts. It was filled with memorable slang, both real and invented, such as “total Betty” and “As if!” Another such expression was “I’m buggin’”, used to mean being disturbed or freaking out. The film’s final scene features a wedding reception, in which the girls are discussing their future weddings, as their boyfriends listen in, and “bug out” as they realize what the girls are talking about. When Donald Faison’s character, Murray, claims he’s “buggin’”, Paul Rudd’s response was improvised … He couldn’t keep a straight face though and the laughter that ensues is genuine. According to Faison, there was a little too much laughter, much to the film crew’s dismay.
The Bedroom Scene
“This is 40” (2012)
By this point, Paul Rudd had worked with Leslie Mann quite a bit, the two having played a couple in “Knocked Up” only to reprise their roles in the spin-off “This Is 40”. It’s possible, however, that Rudd got a little too comfortable around Mann, something evident in one of the bedroom scenes. As the couple discuss the lack of passion in their relationship, Rudd emits quite a bit of flatulence. You can see Leslie Mann begin to crack up, but ever the professional, she continues with the scene, riffing off Rudd’s impromptu sound effects. The result was kept in the film, as the scene fits in perfectly with the characters and their current dilemma. We feel bad for Mann, though. And the crew.
The Condom Collection
“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (2013)
The thing about many of these films is that most scenes were originally scripted, yet the final product is an amalgam of heavily improvised dialogue. In this particular scene from “Anchorman 2”, Paul Rudd’s Brian Fantana displays his condom collection, with his fellow newsmen looking on. The cast of the films is talented on the improv front, and it shows in the hilarity of the final product. It’s really impossible to tell what’s improvised and what’s scripted, but the outtakes suggest that some of the best lines here were ad-libbed. Can anyone keep a straight face when watching this scene?
The Mirror Scene
In the film “Wanderlust”, the protagonist couple, played by Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, find themselves in a “free love” hippie commune. Aniston’s character is a little more ready to indulge in the polygamy, whereas Rudd’s character is more reluctant. When he finds himself in a situation in which he can “make love” to commune member Eva, he needs a little encouragement – so he turns to a mirror for a pep talk. Since he’s the only one present, he’s basically talking dirty to himself. Again, the outtakes make it clear that Rudd was basically making it up as he went along.
The Dinner Scene
“Knocked Up” (2007)
Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann were so good at playing a couple in 2007’s “Knocked Up” that they got their own spin-off film with “This Is 40”. In one particular scene, the two are on a double date with Seth Rogen’s and Katherine Heigl’s characters. Once again, Rudd was basically left to his own devices, and riffs with Seth Rogen on time travel, the DeLorean, and their mutual bro-love. As Rudd’s character gets increasingly tipsy, he becomes louder and more boisterous, much to the chagrin of his wife. We also get a little taste of Rudd’s Robert Deniro impression.
Scenes Between the Thieves
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” features many scenes with unscripted moments. However, perhaps most memorable out of these scenes are the interactions between the thieves. Michael Peña (the actor playing Luis) has said that most of their scenes went off-script in order to make them funnier David Dastmalchian, the actor behind the European character Kurt, claimed he was nervous going into it, but the atmosphere was comfortable as he was surrounded by seasoned pros. In fact, the thieves gave us so many laughs that we’d gladly watch a thieves spin-off film. We definitely could go for more Luis’ stories and Kurt’s European superstitions… Baba Yaga!
The Gaming Scene
“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005)
While the prompt is certainly offensive, Rudd’s improvisation skills here are on full display. Actually, so are Seth Rogen’s! In “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen play video games together in a classic scene. As they play, they have a battle of the wits, which begins when Rogen’s Cal claims that Rudd’s David must be gay due to his sudden celibacy. This begins a classic scene that was mostly ad-libbed. The exchange made a reappearance in a deleted scene from “Knocked Up”, when Rogen and Rudd are driving to Vegas.