Paul Rudd is known to be Ant man in Marvel Cinematic Universebut before he got his superpowers, he portrayed Mike Hannigan on the popular television series, “Friends”.
The actor did not join the show until the ninth season, which aired in 2002, and he played Pheobe Buffays love interest and third husband.
Now, years later, the 53-year-old is reflecting back on his time on the show and admits he felt he shouldn’t have been on the ‘Friends’ final taping.
Paul Rudd says he felt he shouldn’t have been at the final
While promoting his latest film, “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” the actor went a little off-topic and reflected on one of his first television roles – “Friends.”
The 53-year-old explained how he loved filming the show with Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller), but there was one episode he felt he shouldn’t have been a part of.
“It was really fun and they were great,” Rudd said while appearing on The Heart Breakfast show. “It was all kind of surreal to be a part of.”
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He joined the show late, first appearing in season 9 of the series, but stayed until the end when his character married one of the six friends – Pheobe Buffay – in the final season. “I really came towards the end. I never knew I’d be in as many as I was,” Rudd admitted before adding, “But it also felt weird. I was in the last episode and I thought ‘I shouldn’t be here, I get a front row seat to things I shouldn’t see”.
He went on to explain how the “Friends” cast, who have been together since Season 1, were emotional while filming the finale episode. “They were all crying, everything was emotional,” he said, before adding, “I felt very privileged but I thought ‘oh, I just want to sit back here and not be in the way’.”
Paul Rudd returns to television
The 53-year-old actor has been busy making movies, but he will soon return to television as he is set to star in the third season of Hulu’s “Only Murderers In The Building,” alongside Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin.
Meryl Streep will also join the cast for the upcoming season, which Rudd says is surreal.
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“I walked in there, and there’s Meryl Streep, who is arguably the greatest of all time,” he told PEOPLE. “And Martin Short, who is one of the funniest people on the planet, and someone that I love, I really do.”
The 53-year-old “Ant-Man” actor continued: “And yet to be there with Steve Martin, when I think back to people who probably had more of an impact on my life and my willingness to do this, or my understanding of performing or anything else was a career that anyone would have, it was him.”
“Only Murderers In The Building” seasons one and two are currently streaming on Hulu.