Paul Rudd is one of the most popular actors of his generation and has appeared in some of the greatest film franchises of all time. Rudd is known for his sympathy, his versatility and his restrained sense of humor.
Like many major actors, Rudd flexes his creative muscles and works with streaming services such as Netflix. His brand new show, Living With Yourself, which premiered on Netflix on October 18, has already received rave reviews. Fans and critics are impressed by the intriguing starting point but also by the great performance of Rudd.
Rudd was not easy to improve his craft. In fact, that actor has gone to the extreme where he had to go for his craft.
How did Paul Rudd become famous?
Paul Rudd’s acting career, born in 1969, began in the early 1990s, with roles in Clueless, The Cider House Rules and Locusts. He maintained a prosperous career throughout the decade and by the time the 2000s began, Rudd was a fixture in both film and television.
His regular guest spot on Friends became a favorite with fans and Rudd earned rave reviews for his funny, sincere rendition of Mike Hannigan. In 2004 he started his collaboration with writer / director Judd Apatow, who appeared in films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Knocked Up.
The newest phase of Rudd’s career began in 2015 when he played Ant-Man in the hit movie Marvel. He has since appeared in Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame.
Generations of fans grew up with Rudd as a staple in the entertainment scene, and in 2015 Rudd was honored for his lifetime with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Yet Rudd has never been content to rest on his laurels, and his brand new Netflix series explores his ability to portray multiple characters and shows his impressive comic timing.
What is ‘Living With Yourself’ about?
Netflix has really stepped up its game in terms of brilliant, original content. Living With Yourself fell on October 18 and already has fans buzzing.
The starting point seems simple: a man named Miles Elliot (Rudd) is unhappy with his life. He answers an advertisement for a procedure that promises him a new, better life. After undergoing the procedure, Elliot wakes up in a shallow grave and realizes that he has apparently been cloned, and there is another version of him who is leading his life and taking on his daily duties.
Critics also love the show and claim that the series is perfect for binge-watching and praise for Rudd’s “immensely sympathetic” performance. As for Rudd, he excels in his dual role.
Paul Rudd had to be buried alive for ‘Living With Yourself’
Rudd recently sat down with Jimmy Kimmel to talk to Living With Yourself and some of the crazier things he had to do in the name of artistic integrity. Kimmel showed the studio audience some pictures of the opening scene of the show, with the character of Rudd moving his way out of the dirt of his shallow grave.
Kimmel asked Rudd if the filming of that scene was as horrible as it seems, and Rudd admitted it was “horrible.” Rudd went on to describe the process of filming the entire scene, wearing a diaper in a public park and finally breathing through a tube while being buried in the grave.
Although he said that reading the scene in the script impressed him, the reality of filming was something very different. Needless to say, Rudd’s hard work has paid off, and the show has become a success.