Object of Our Affection: Paul Rudd's Gayest Moments
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"I always thought I'd be a really good gay guy," Paul Rudd told EW in 2009. "I love American Idol. I watch Antiques Roadshow like crazy. Guys like Oscar Wilde, Stephen Fry, Elton John — they're all very bright, with a razor-sharp wit. David Sedaris — who's funnier than David Sedaris? I love gay guys... I feel pretty gay. I'm certainly not the most macho guy in the room." Best quote ever!
Before you see him and Tina Fey in Admission, check out more of Rudd's queer highlights.
How could you not fall in love with Rudd as George, a gay first grade teacher, in the 1998 rom-com The Object of My Affection? Forget Jennifer Aniston — it was thrilling to watch Rudd get cozy with the handsome Amo Gulinello.
Don't you remember Rudd opposite Jimmy Fallon in the holiday male stripper movie Jingle Balls? OK, it's just a fake poster for a silly bit on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. But if this film did exist, it would certainly be Rudd's gayest moment by a landslide.
Rudd starred in the 1999 Off-Broadway premiere of Neil LaBute's Bash: The Latter-Day Plays as a Mormon who recounts his horrific murder of a gay man in a public restroom. He later told The Advocate that he suspected his character might be closeted.
In his quest to find more guy friends, Rudd got a surprise kiss from Thomas Lennon after a misconstrued platonic man-date in the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man. See the MTV Movie Award-nominated tongue slip in the trailer.
Rudd played Cher’s stepbrother in Clueless, but DVD extras reveal that he was considered for Christian, the "friend of Dorothy." "That was actually the one role that I asked if I could really audition for," he told The Advocate. "That was my favorite part in the movie, because I thought it was so cool that there was this really cool character who was completely into all the Rat Pack–type stuff and is gay, but it wasn’t really a big thing. At that point that was something you didn’t really see."
Rudd revealed his surprising man-crush to The Advocate in 2007: "I have so many! Like Zach Galifianakis. In fact, my wife always says that I have the biggest crush on him. He’s a comic who usually has this big beard, but he’s so freakin’ funny... I like depth. Anyone can just jump in the sack with Colin Farrell, but you spend your life with Zach Galifianakis."
Clueless and eager to please, Rudd's pothead hippie slacker character in 2011's Our Idiot Brother accidentally wound up in a threesome with a woman and a man. Unfortunately, he shut it down quickly after rounding first base. Watch him discuss the awkwardness of the scene here.
When Rudd hosted what many called the gayest episode of SNL ever, he posed nude, Titanic-style, for a very flirty Andy Samberg in a digital short called "Everyone's a Critic."
"The Saturday Night Live that I hosted was such a gay-heavy show," Rudd told EW after his 2008 gig. "But it didn't even cross my mind until after. The family that kept kissing each other — I didn't even think of that as being gay." Rudd later Frenched Bill Hader in a 2010 "Kissing Family" sketch and mouth-raped Jason Segal in a 2011 "Kissing Family" sketch. Find man-on-man "Kissing Family" gifs here.
Rudd did leggy holiday drag for the "bumper photos" when hosting SNL in 2010. He's serving festive cocktail waitress realness, but he still made our list of the Sexiest and Strangest Celebrity Santas.
What's the quickest way for a straight guy to get attention on the gay blogs? Drop your pants and throw your legs in the air for an anal self-exam like Rudd did in last year's Apatow comedy This Is 40. Watch the red-band trailer here.