Paul Rudd Rules
Meet the underappreciated king of comedy
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2008 2:01 PM CST

(Newser) – Paul Rudd, “the MVP of comedy films,” doesn’t get nearly enough props, Paige Newman writes for MSNBC. Seeing Rudd’s latest film, Role Models—“one of the most surprisingly funny movies I’ve seen in a while”—reminded Newman of the actor’s versatility and range and of "how often I had enjoyed Rudd on film."

Rudd has graced everything from popcorn fare like Clueless to indie classics like 200 Cigarettes to comedy blockbusters like Anchorman. Still, he isn’t “one of those ‘only a starring role, please’ snobs; for his good buddies in the Judd Apatow gang, he’ll take a supporting part or even a cameo,” Newman writes. Sure, he’s made his fair share of flops. “But when he embraces his own strangeness, he scores.”