Chris Evans and Paul Rudd interviewed each other on Variety's "Actors on Actors" series and gave us a fascinating conversation about their shows, playing different characters, and fun times on the set of Marvel movies.
The first time they met was on the set of "Captain America: Civil War". Paul, playing Ant-Man and the new guy of the bunch, admitted he was nervous to work with Chris (Captain America), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), and the rest of the gang. Chris, however, pointed out that Paul instantly fit right well into the team.
On the set that film, Chris had an idea to shoot clips of the cast members dancing and compile them into some sort of yearbook video.
Chris recalled going to Paul saying, "I was like, 'Hi, nice to meet you. You don’t know me, but can I get this?' It was you, Anthony Mackie, I think Jeremy Renner, Sebastian, and I just said, 'Look, everyone, just dance for 30 seconds', and you did it. You were a great sport. You willingly danced with little explanation from me, and then I never completed the video."
Another fun moment they’ve shared while working together for Marvel was playing Boggle in between takes, which Chris praised Paul and Don Cheadle (War Machine) for always acing the game.
Another thing Chris complimented Paul about was the fact that he’s part of three major pop culture phenomena: MCU, Judd Apatow’s crew, and the well-loved sit-com “Friends”.
Paul liked being a part of “Friends”, but downplayed his contribution to the show. "[It] was about [the man cast], but it’s an interesting thing to be a part of. I was only in it for just a blip. I felt, 'I'm like a prop on this show. It’s not about Mike Hannigan.'"
"But there’s a very interesting feeling to be a part of something that has that kind of profound impact on pop culture," he added.
Chris also asked about Paul's Netflix series "Living with Yourself", an existential comedy where Paul plays two versions of his character.
"The idea of playing two parts and having scenes with myself was something I’d never done before. We would have to do the same scene in different episodes in different ways and then have to do them again twice, because it was two characters. It was a very strange thing to try and keep it all in order," said Paul.
Discussing more about life outside Marvel, Paul then asked Chris about his Apple TV+ series "Defending Jacob", where he plays a father to a teenage son who has been accused of murder.
Chris said, "Yeah, I don’t have a kid, but it was a really enjoyable role to play. I had a wonderful relationship with my father. If you have to find parallels in your own life to draw from, what a lovely avenue to stroll down to try and remember all the sweet moments I had."
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