Tuesday 24 October 2017

Paul Rudd: Steve Coogan is a genius

Paul Rudd said he loved working with Steve Coogan
Paul Rudd said he loved working with Steve Coogan

Paul Rudd has said he loved working with "genius" Steve Coogan on new film My Idiot Brother.

The Knocked Up star revealed he was a huge fan of the British comedian who plays a self-righteous documentary maker in the film about an idealist, played by Paul, who barges into the lives of three sisters.

Paul said: "I think Steve Coogan is a genius and I've been a Steve Coogan fan for many years."

He went on: "Getting to work with him this summer on this film where I knew pretty much everyone I was working with, we were all kind of friends, and I didn't know Steve Coogan and when I heard he was going to be in it I was bouncing off the walls - he's incredible, really fun."

Paul, 41, was honoured by the US-Ireland Alliance in Los Angeles on Thursday at their pre-Oscars Oscar Wilde party.

The Role Models star joked he had a strong connection to Ireland, even though he was Jewish and born in America.

Paul said: "[I feel] very connected [to Ireland].

"I've been going there my whole life, well the second part.

"My father passed away, I spread his ashes there - he loved it as much as I did.

"I have an Irish pub in my house that I've built. My son's name is Jack Sullivan. This is pretty Irish stuff for somebody who is, by and large, really a Russian Jew."

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