Paul Rudd is back on the big screen as the dad of five children.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the actor to talk about how they became involved with the project, his new Netflix series, and the importance of being a father.1.
What made you decide to cast your son?
I was on a plane.
I called my wife, and we sat on the plane, and she said, “I’m in a bad mood.”
I said, you’re not, I’m not, and then she says, “It’s not about mood, it’s about the movie.”
I went, Oh my god, this is crazy.
I’m a huge movie fan.
She said, What?
I said I love that, but I’m trying to do it right, so I had to do something about the mood.
So we went back to her and she went, I love you so much, but this is so stupid.
So I called Paul Rudd.2.
How did you find him?
Well, when I first met Paul Rudd, he was a little kid, and I remember he was in a wheelchair and I was like, Wow.
He had the perfect smile, I loved the way he would laugh.
He’s funny and he’s very smart.
He did a great job of portraying a man with all these great attributes and I thought, Oh, I just want to be that dad.3.
Were there any challenges?
Yeah, there was a lot of work to do.
It was very exciting.
But it was very hard.
It wasn’t just being there for him and helping him.
It had to be his work, and he needed it.
It just didn’t feel like a normal family.4.
Was it a struggle balancing being a dad and being a child actor?
It really was very easy, and so I got to be the dad.5.
Was there a time when you thought you wanted to be a dad?
I really wanted to have a kid, I mean, I really want to have one.
But I was really lucky, because I had the opportunity to play a really great dad in the movies.
And he was great.
He didn’t need me.6.
What did you do to prepare for the role?
I just got on a train, and when I got on, I was thinking, I’ve never seen this guy, and you are the guy who did this, so it must be good.
And then I saw him in the film and I went crazy.
So now I’m very grateful for it, because it was just a really good experience.7.
What do you think the role of Paul Rudd will be like in the long run?
I think that it will be good, but it will have its own life.8.
How many children did you have?
There were five kids.
I was six years old.
And the other two were like five and five and six years.
So you had to make sure the kids were happy.9.
Are you still involved in the family business?
I do a lot.
I still have a job.
I am in the business of making money.
I like to make money.
But now I don’t have to make a lot, and that is exciting.10.
Were you happy with how things turned out?
I’m really happy with the result.
It’s going to be an interesting journey.