As promised a couple of weeks back, here's that Paul Rudd interview -- only, it's not the one we recorded in Dallas at the beginning of the month. Instead, this chat dates from last Saturday, the morning after I Love You, Man kicked off the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, where Rudd was joined by Jason Segal, Rashida Jones, Jaime Pressly, Jon Favreau and co-writer-director John Hamburg. In fact, Hamburg previously directed Segal in three Undeclared episodes -- including "Eric's Visit," which contains the scene to which I refer at the beginning of the interview at the 5:35 mark.
Segal and Rudd, of course, have worked together twice before: in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, both of which also bowed at SXSW in recent years. And Rashida Jones, who plays Rudd's wife in I Love You, Man, appeared on the infamous unaired episode of the influential-in-retrospect Freaks and Geeks, "Kim Kelly is My Friend." So everybody knows everybody, and yet the new movie. which opened yesterday, feels wholly novel -- a Rushified reinvention of the romantic comedy starring two dudes. So here they are, hungover in a hotel room during a film festival. Isn't it bromantic?
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