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Paul Rudd's Supporting Cast Keeps Getting Older, But Paul Rudd Stays the Same Age

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | August 29, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | August 29, 2011 |

How crazy is this? Here’s Paul Rudd in Clueless:


Here’s Paul Rudd in How Do You Know.


It’s been 15 years since Clueless, and the man looks almost the exact same. He could probably still pull off graduate student. The man is 42-years-old, and theoretically, he could still be carded.

Does this look like the average 42-year-old man?


Here’s Christian Bale. Guess who is older?


Not only is Rudd older, he’s five years older.

You know who else is 42 years old?



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That last one, in case you don’t recognize her, is Kristy Swanson, who was in Buffy the Vampire Slayer only three years before Clueless. Alicia Silverstone, Rudd’s co-star in Clueless, is seven years younger than Rudd. She looks like this:


Rudd’s co-star in Our Idiot Brother is Emily Mortimer. She’s two years younger than Rudd. She looks like this:


Yeah, yeah. I know. You’d still hit it. THAT’S NOT THE POINT. The point is, Paul Rudd hasn’t aged in 15 years.

That is, unless he grows a beard. Unfortunately, Paul Rudd’s facial hair does not agree with the box office, as his latest, Our Idiot Brother debuted over the weekend in 5th place, with a dismal $6.5 million. Blame it on Hurricane Irene if you’d like, but the box-office has never liked Rudd in facial hair. Take a look at the numbers for the last two films in which Rudd sported facial hair: Diggers ($66,000 overall) and The Oh in Ohio ($418,000 overall).

Coincidence? Probably.

At any rate, the weekend box-office was a dull affair, as it fell 23 percent below the same weekend last year. The Help held on to number one for the second weekend in a row, adding another $15 million, dropping only 28 percent and approaching the $100 million mark. Colombiana, despite Zoe Saldana’s wiry frame, still managed number two, though it was with a meager $10 million. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark eked out $8.6 million on its way to obscurity. Rise of the Plane of the Apes held on to number four, adding another $8.6 million to bring its total to nearly $150 million, primed to eventually pass Kung Fu Panda 2 and break in to the top 10 on the year, at least until the holiday season pushes it out.

(Hat Tip: Brock Wilbur, for picking up on Paul Rudd’s Benjamin Button aging process)

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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