3) He was in Clueless.
Clueless is one of those movies that people just love. You bring it up in conversation with strangers and they’ll light up and start quoting it back to you. Clueless is also one of those movies known as “cult classic”. Meaning, it wasn’t necessarily a big hit at the box office, but through video rental and sales, it affected an entire generation or key demographic irrevocably and is held up as a work of art to those particular people.
Other cult classics? Wet Hot American Summer, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Romeo + Juliet, and The Perks of Being A Wallflower
What do all of those films have in common: Paul Rudd was in them. Oh, and in each film, he was a very different character than he was in the last, meaning that Paul Rudd is not only a good actor, but some of his best performances were in sleeper hits that have a strong emotional pull on his audiences.
In other words…we like Paul Rudd simply because he was in Clueless.
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