2) He doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Paul Rudd has every right to have his head up his butt. He’s half British, classically trained as a theater actor, studied at Oxford University, has appeared numerous times on Broadway to critical acclaim and seems to possess above average intelligence. But you don’t really know about any of that stuff, do you? Why? Because Paul Rudd doesn’t take himself or any of that super hoity-toity stuff seriously.
When you think of Paul Rudd you think of a goofball who’s willing to be as silly as possible for a laugh. He’s done this repeatedly in a number of comedies like Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Role Models, I Love You Man, and Our Idiot Brother. Not to mention, he has natural comedy instincts for a man who was never formally trained as a stand up comic or improviser.
Paul Rudd would rather make us happy with his performances than to leave us impressed with his craft…which sets him apart from a lot of his peers. It shows a lack of vanity and, you know, people like that.
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