This nice fellow wrote an article about how amazing this guy is:
I agree with this Elbert guy, so I am reposting his article here so more people can read it. There are amazing clips inside for the teal deer crowd.Save Paul RuddHollywood is squandering one of its greatest comedic resources.By Elbert VenturaDinner for Schmucks
, which opens this Friday, is uncharted territory for Paul Rudd. Fifteen years after his breakthrough role in Clueless
, Rudd finally gets to headline (along with Steve Carell) a big-budget summer comedy. It's the next logical step up in Rudd's gradual ascension. In 2008, he reached Hollywood leading-man status, though in more modest studio movies: the quickly forgotten Over Her Dead Body
, with Eva Longoria, and the so-so Role Models
. [ia on the former, but I take issue with Elbert's opinion on the latter. I thought Role Models was great.
] In 2009 came I Love You, Man
, another tired entry in the bromantic canon. With its midsummer slot and relentless publicity campaign, Dinner for Schmucks
is poised to be his biggest opener yet. And later this year comes a call-up to prestige-picture territory, with a starring role in James L. Brooks' new film, Everything You've Got
, due in the middle of Oscar season.
Rudd's rise is well-deserved and, for those who've been following his career, hardly unexpected. For the last decade, he has toiled in the background as a supporting character in big hits and popped up in unseen indie comedies (if you haven't yet, see The Chateau
for a peerless Rudd performance), always distinguishing himself as an adroit and funny presence. There have also been cameos in cult TV series
, hilarious talk show appearances, and random Internet doodles
. It all adds up a body of work that is one of the funniest—and most underrated—in recent American comedy.( Collapse )