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08 October 2019

Feature: Paul Rudd for the New York Times

Posted by mouza in Gallery Update, Interview, Photoshoots

Like many other moviegoers, Paul Rudd emerged from “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” thinking a lot about Brad Pitt. Having spent a couple of hours this summer in a darkened theater, where he watched the effortlessly self-assured Pitt spar with Bruce Lee, pal around with Leonardo DiCaprio and strip off his shirt to fix a television antenna, Rudd left feeling slightly bedazzled and slightly intimidated, but also feeling that his own place in the cultural hierarchy had been clarified.

“I thought, my God, what a movie star, just so cool,” Rudd said a few weeks ago, still sounding awe-struck. His voice rose to an ironic timbre — “Leo’s no slouch either!” — before it returned to its usual, gentler register as he described how the Brad-gazing experience reminded him that audiences were never going to see him in quite the same way.

“I came to terms pretty early on,” he said, “that I was not going to be the guy up there that people would watch, going, ‘Yes! That’s who I want to be!’”

Rudd has been a film and TV star in his own right for more than 25 years now, from his earliest appearances in movies like “Clueless” to his first Netflix series, “Living With Yourself,” which debuts Oct. 18. Though some of us may feel that we’ve known him forever, he is, at age 50, just reaching a new peak of fame, thanks in part to mammoth Marvel blockbusters like “Avengers: Endgame,” in which he plays the wisecracking superhero Ant-Man. He’s been filming a lead role in a new “Ghostbusters” movie that is planned to open next summer, and which could elevate him even higher.

But his costumed adventuring is an outlier; Rudd has carved out his particular piece of pop-cultural turf by playing people who don’t necessarily get to swagger triumphantly, save the day or induce swooning.

O.K., maybe just a little swooning. But the tough, quiet Brad Pitt roles are “not coming my way, and I’m not fighting for them,” Rudd said. “Because the truth is, I don’t quite relate to them in the same way that I relate to a guy who is mildly depressed or put-upon, and trying to fight his way out of this common situation.”

His wheelhouse, as Rudd understands it, is a certain sort of Everyman who, despite the good looks and charisma, is an avatar of averageness. In his most successful performances, he is besieged by quotidian problems; he is blessed with impeccable comic timing but at his funniest when he’s flailing and frustrated. Sometimes he can seem like two people at once.

It’s a dichotomy Rudd uses to full advantage in “Living With Yourself,” a comedy-drama with a science-fiction twist. In the series, he plays Miles, a dejected brand executive who has lost his passion for his work and his marriage. On a tip from a co-worker, he tries a mysterious spa treatment that he hopes will make him a new and better man — and which instead results in the creation of a clone (also played by Rudd) who is seemingly superior to Miles in every way. [More at Source]

19 April 2019

Feature: Paul Rudd & Jeremy Renner for the LA Times

Posted by mouza in Gallery Update, Interview, Photoshoots

   

Over the course of 10 years, Marvel has built a reputation for delivering two inevitabilities: meaty post-credits scenes and spoiler-free press runs.

Case in point: At the hush-hush “Avengers: Endgame” “Avengers: Endgame” press conference in downtown Los Angeles, Paul Rudd and Jeremy Renner (who play Ant-Man and Hawkeye, respectively) managed to talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe while revealing absolutely nothing about the upcoming superhero team-up.

“You don’t want to ruin it because people spoil stuff, man,” said Renner, who skillfully dodged every question that even alluded to the top-secret film. “It’s terrible.”

He was right to be cautious. Just over a week before “Endgame” is slated to hit theaters worldwide, five minutes of credible footage from the film was leaked online.

According to descriptions, the footage includes scenes from throughout the movie that reveal key details about the plot. Disney has not confirmed whether the footage is indeed from the upcoming film.

On Tuesday, the Russo brothers, who have directed four MCU titles including “Infinity War” and “Endgame,” issued a statement via Twitter urging “the greatest fans in the world” not to ruin the movie for other fans.

“Please know that the two of us, along with everyone involved in ‘Endgame,’ have worked tirelessly for the last three years with the sole intention of delivering a surprising and emotional powerful conclusion to the Infinity saga,” read the statement. “When you see ‘Endgame’ in the coming weeks, please don’t spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you.”

“It’s a bummer that we are in this place where there are people that really want to find things out and then advertise that to get clicks and sell advertising dollars or whatever it is,” said Rudd, prior to the leak. “I always think it’s fun to see a movie and not know anything about it.”

“It’s a better moviegoing experience not to know anything,” Renner agreed.

Keeping fans (and journalists) in the dark is so emblematic of Marvel that it was surprising to find even the slightest hint about the upcoming film hidden in the form of Hawkeye’s updated “Endgame” costume, which was displayed among a decade’s worth of movie posters from 22 MCU films and mannequins sporting the Avengers’ uniforms.

Not far from Ant-Man’s familiar red, white and black suit was Renner’s costume, which looked more befitting of a ninja, complete with a katana and a hood rather than the usual archer’s bow and arrow.

The refreshed look, plus the few glimpses of the character offered in the movie’s trailer, hint that Hawkeye will assume the mantle of Ronin, a persona multiple characters have adopted over the years in the comics. (The word Ronin means “lone samurai” in Japanese.)

“I’m not cleared to say anything,” said Renner when asked about Ronin, again proving how seriously everyone involved wants to preserve even the most expected “Endgame” twists.

The finished product is so top secret that Disney even took the unusual step of not screening the film in advance of their press day, instead showing only a meager amount of footage — something that was also done for “Infinity War” and a handful of “Star Wars” titles, but is typically unthinkable in the world of studio press junkets.

That left the stars free to riff on things like the costume display.

“My favorite one was Bruce Banner’s,” said Rudd of the character’s dark blazer and jean-clad mannequin, which was positioned between Captain America’s rogue soldier uniform and Okoye’s Dora Milaje armor. “Because it was a dude standing like a mannequin at Macy’s among all these super suits.”

“So was [Tony] Stark’s,” said Renner with a laugh. “It was like fancy sweats and a shirt.”

“Like at Barneys,” said Rudd. The two burst into laughter. [More at Source]

02 June 2018

Gallery Update: Paul Rudd for Men’s Journal July 2018

Posted by mouza in Digital Scans, Gallery Update, Photoshoots

Paul is on the cover of the July issue of Men’s Journal magazine. The full feature isn’t online yet but the issue is available for subscribers and online. I bought the magazine through the Zinio app and extracted the shoot without text so please consider linking back to the site if you re-post the shoot/scans anywhere else online, thank you!

   
   

26 April 2018

Feature: Paul Rudd for GQ Taiwan!

Posted by mouza in Gallery Update, Interview, Photoshoots

   
Here is the original interview (Link), we tried to do our best with the translation, it sounds like broken English but it’s read-able enough, hope you guys can enjoy it!!

In Taiwan, people might call him “Ant-Man” when see his face. Some might not even know what his real name is. Indeed, Paul Rudd has become very famous all around the world after playing the marvel hero. Actually, he was known in quite some famous films before he played Ant-Man, those films were well-known among American. He appeared in Clueless in 1995, played a handsome guy Josh. His cast on US sitcom Friends has helped to gain his popularity. Producer has even amended the plot for him so that he could continue to cast on the sitcom. The two blockbuster comedies, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), have made him the regular cast-member of comedy. Ant-Man And The Wasp will be released in end June this year. We grabbed the opportunity to invite him to have photo-shooting in New York before he starts the promotion for the film. This superstar conquered the scene with his easy-going charm, he made us laugh non-stop.

Paul Rudd is good at playing romance comedy. He has a unique position among the Hollywood artists. He does not have the classic handsome face with gold hair like Captain America, nor the muscular body like Thor. However, his smile and high forehead have attracted a bunch of fans. He is not like Owen Wilson, likes to make the character silly but lovely, nor like the James Franco’s style of acting, nor like Steve Carell’s favorite awkward style acting. He can integrate American humor into every expression, every sentence and every session very intelligently and naturally. Humor can be lively too.

“Down to earth” is his weapon

He has never been thought of being an actor when he was young. He grew up in Kansas. His parents migrated from UK to USA. The family was not wealthy. His

charm comes from this kind of “down to earth” characteristic. Every man can see themselves from the character that played by him. Therefore, he is the most suitable one to play Ant-Man. Scott Lang (Ant-Man) does not possess the inherent supernatural power like other superheroes do. He, just like Paul, is an ordinary person. His attitude towards a story of superhero is like “Wow! What is happening?”. You might not know, he has been involved himself in the process of the script writing of Ant-Man since beginning till amendment. This might be the reason why he could act so naturally. Then, where does the charm of Paul Rudd come from? He is not pretentious, not arrogant; he treats other friendly and nicely; he is humorous. Those are nature-born characteristics, somethings that no one else can copy.

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21 January 2018

Coverage: Paul Rudd attends Sundance 2018!

Posted by mouza in Gallery Update, Photoshoots, Public Appearances

Happy new year everyone!

Paul was in Park City, Utah a couple of days ago where he started promoting The Catcher Was a Spy. I’ve updated the gallery with photos from his different stops around the festival ground.

   
   
  

06 April 2017

Site Update: Happy Birthday Paul Rudd!

Posted by mouza in Gallery Update, Photoshoots, Site Update

Today is Paul Rudd’s 48th Birthday! Myself & my partner in crime Jen would like to wish him an amazing birthday spent with friends & family!

As a small way to celebrate Paul’s birthday, my co-web Jen designed our brand new layout for the site & the gallery using one of my favorite Paul shoots from 2013.

And as a small gift from my side, I’ve replaced some of the gallery photoshoots with a bigger size and some additional outtakes I found around the web.