Paul Rudd Discusses the 'Anchorman' Sequel and the Danger of His Creepy Mustache
At the New York premiere of "Admission," the actor spoke with THR about his next project: the surreal return of Ron Burgundy and the giddy cast's fond memories.
Paul Rudd spent Tuesday evening in New York City at the premiere of his new film Admission, but given the lip fur he was rocking, it was hard to keep one's mind from wandering to his next project.
Wearing the handlebar mustache and mutton chops of Anchorman's very stylish Brian Fantana, Rudd was asked if he feared people would get the wrong idea about him (porn star? criminal?) if they didn't know he was adorned with the ornamental hair for a role.
"I do remember the first Anchorman we shot and I had this mustache, I remember getting onto an elevator once and this couple being very creeped out by me," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I was also wearing a T-shirt that said, 'Mustache Rides, 25 cents.'"
When it was suggested that the couple might have assumed the shirt advertised an actual offer from Rudd, he quipped, "That's why I yelled, 'Hold the door!'"
A decade later, the star said it's almost hard to believe he's returning to the role that helped catapult him to the A-list.
"It's very exciting that this is coming back," he offered with a smile. "It's been a bit surreal. It's been awhile. We're all a little bit giddy about it because we all have such fond memories of the first one."
As for his current film, the dramedy Admission, Rudd stars opposite Tina Fey in a story that mixes relationships -- romantic and parental -- and the increasingly insane college admission process. Fey plays an admissions officer at Princeton who finds her life turned around by a breakup and an unexpected entanglement with Rudd and the New Age school that he runs.
In real life, Fey's the mother of two young daughters, so she hasn't experienced the exhausting marathon of university preparation, applications and prayer. But she has had to deal with the almost equally difficult task of getting a child into a New York City preschool.
"It's been OK so far," she said. "I still have one I've got to get in, and she's kind of a Bam Bam, so we'll see. Or she'll be going to the baby army."