Paul Rudd Really Wanted One Iconic Role For the Sweetest Reason

Paul Rudd is a famous actor whose career started in the 1990s. In the past couple of decades, Rudd has been known for playing a variety of iconic roles, both on TV and in movies. However, what many fans might not know is that there was another popular role that could have been added to his resume. In fact, Rudd really wanted this role and he had a heartwarming reason for it.

What popular shows and movies has Paul Rudd been in?

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Rudd’s first serious acting gig came in 1992 when he played a recurring character in the NBC show Sisters. However, his big break came after he appeared in the 1995 movie Clueless alongside Alicia Silverstone.

Since then, he began landing roles in other blockbuster hits such as Romeo + Juliet (1996), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), and Knocked Up (2007). He has also acted briefly in many TV shows, such as Friends, Reno 911!, and Parks and Recreation.

Since 2015, Rudd has been playing Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ant-Man has two movies so far, and Rudd appeared in Avengers: Endgame as well.

What iconic role did Paul Rudd really want in the past?

While Rudd is an A-list actor now with a host of interesting roles under his belt, once upon a time, he was still relatively new to the business and auditioned for a part in a movie that would become very famous.

Rudd shared that in the 1990s he actually auditioned for the role of Jack Dawson in Titanic. A few years ago, he told the story of why he really wanted to play the male lead in Titanic on James Corden’s late-night show.

“My dad was a Titanic historian,” Rudd revealed. “That was what he did for a living. He used to take people all over the world talking about the Titanic.”

It was because of his father that Rudd knew quite a lot about Titanic — something he made sure to let everyone know at the audition for the 1997 movie.

“I went into the audition talking about the kind of steel that was used and Harland and Wolff, where they built it,” Rudd shared. “And they were like, ‘OK… none of this matters.'”

Of course, we all know now that Rudd did not end up getting the part, and instead, it went to Leonardo DiCaprio. However, Rudd did say that he thought “the guy who got it was pretty good.”

Nevertheless, Rudd did get a chance to live out his Titanic dream on James Corden’s show when he re-enacts the iconic “I’m Flying” scene from the movie with Diane Lane.

What future project can fans of Paul Rudd look forward to?

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Rudd may not have gotten the role of Jack Dawson that he wanted so much, but it does not seem as if he is sad about it these days. The 50-year-old actor’s career is still going strong and he has plenty of upcoming projects to focus on.

Coming in October 2019 is a Netflix series called Living With Yourself that Rudd stars in and produces. According to Netflix, the show is about “a man who is burned out on life and love undergoes a mysterious treatment, only to discover that he has been replaced by a better version of himself.”

In 2020, Rudd can also be seen in the fourth Ghostbusters movie, called Ghostbusters 2020, which will reportedly be released in July.

Finally, Marvel fans can look forward to 2021 when the Disney+ series What If…? is released. The show will feature many different popular Marvel characters, including Rudd’s Ant-Man.