Paul Rudd Describes His ‘Horrible’ Experience of Being Buried Alive

Paul Rudd is one of the most popular actors of his generation and has appeared in some of the biggest film franchises of all time. Rudd is known for his likability, his versatility, and his low-key sense of humor.

Like many big-name actors, Rudd is flexing his creative muscles and working with streaming services like Netflix. His brand-new show, Living With Yourself, which premiered on Netflix on October 18th, is already getting rave reviews. Fans and critics are impressed with the intriguing premise but also for Rudd’s great performance.

Honing his craft did not come easy to Rudd. In fact, that actor has gone to extreme lengths he had to go to for his craft.

How did Paul Rudd become famous?

Paul Rudd speaks about his latest movie 'Ant Man' at Apple Store Soho on July 16, 2015 in New York City.
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Born in 1969, Paul Rudd’s acting career began in the early nineties, with roles in Clueless, The Cider House Rules, and Locusts. He maintained a thriving career all throughout the decade and, by the time the 2000s began, Rudd was a firm fixture in both film and television.

His regular guest spot on Friends became a fan-favorite and Rudd earned raves for his funny, heartfelt portrayal of Mike Hannigan. In 2004, he began his collaboration with writer/director Judd Apatow, appearing in films like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Knocked Up

In 2015, the newest phase of Rudd’s career began when he played Ant-Man in the hit Marvel movie. He has since appeared in Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame.

Generations of fans have grown up with Rudd as a staple in the entertainment scene, and in 2015, Rudd was honored for his longevity with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Still, Rudd has never been content to rest on his laurels, and his brand-new Netflix series explores his ability to portray multiple characters as well as showcases his impressive comedic timing.

What is ‘Living With Yourself’ about?

Netflix has really been stepping up its game in terms of brilliant, original content. Living With Yourself dropped on October 18th and already has fans buzzing.

The premise seems simple: A man named Miles Elliot (Rudd) is unhappy with his life. He answers an ad 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 living his life and assuming his day to day chores. 

Critics are also loving the show, claiming that the series is perfect for binge-watching and praising Rudd’s “immensely likable” performance. As for Rudd, he excels in his dual role. 

Paul Rudd had to be buried alive for ‘Living With Yourself’

Recently, Rudd sat down with Jimmy Kimmel to discuss Living With Yourself and some of the crazier things that he was called upon to do in the name of artistic integrity. Kimmel showed the studio audience some pictures of the opening scene of the show, featuring Rudd’s character clawing his way out of the dirt of his shallow grave.

Kimmel asked Rudd if filming that scene was terrible as it seems, and Rudd admitted that it was “horrible.” Rudd went on to describe the process of filming the whole scene, which involved him wearing a diaper in a public park and ultimately breathing through a tube while being buried in the grave.

While he said that reading the scene in the script impressed him, the reality of filming it was something else entirely. Needless to say, Rudd’s hard work has paid off, and the show has become a success.