ICYMI, Paul Rudd is trending, well, everywhere right now. Why? Because apparently, today is the Avengers: Endgame star’s birthday — a fact you’d never be able to tell by his forever-fresh face. But, in fact, Rudd just turned 50. Understandably, the internet (present company included) is dubious, considering this whole-snack-of-a-man doesn’t look a day over Clueless.
This isn’t the first time Rudd’s static appearance has made headlines, of course. Only one week ago, he and his fellow Clueless co-stars enjoyed a mini-reunion that created major buzz. Not surprisingly, much of that buzz centered on Rudd’s secret to eternal youth — for which Breckin Meyer offered up a hilarious explanation involving Rudd spending his downtime stealing the lifeblood of babies.
However, there’s something about the actor’s age this year that has fans in a state of utter disbelief. Twitter especially seemed to have a difficult time wrapping its collective head around the information, with users reacting dramatically to Rudd’s annual day-of-birth celebration. And, as is the Twitter way, they didn’t hold back their feelings (read: histrionics) over the fact that Rudd is now *allegedly* 50 years old. From conspiracy theories to side-by-side comparison photos to straightforward appreciation posts, the Twittersphere left nary a stone unturned in discussing Rudd’s age.
Paul Rudd could be turning 80 and still be looking fine like he did in the 90's. pic.twitter.com/WcDvlBacCw
— 🌹 (@snoozeothetimes) April 6, 2019
Paul Rudd is actually a real life @Avengers , he has the ability to reverse the aging process. Don't know how he can use that in battle but he'll figure it out.
— mickle (@Mikecedsup) April 6, 2019
Paul Rudd turned 50 today, he doesn’t look a day over 35. Where do I sell for my soul for eternal youth ?
— Matt (@imajenereprsn) April 6, 2019
Paul Rudd turns 50 today. Stephen Miller is 33. That’s what happens when your heart is filled with racism and hate. Don’t be a Stephen Miller. pic.twitter.com/56MaRsZ5bt
— BlueKrew (@Krush59) April 6, 2019
God adding anti-aging genes to Paul Rudd when he was making him… pic.twitter.com/foDUJ4KImk
— ａｎａｒ𝕔𝕙𝕚𝕔 (@waitinuhh) April 6, 2019
Discussion we had on stream about #PaulRudd
We talked about what his transformation looked like in my stream sesh: he was starting out, got addicted to drugs, went through recovery, started using moisturizer, then became an immortal God. Steps to follow lol#tworoomiesstream pic.twitter.com/CJamqh7USp
— Stephanie Watkins (@lilwoman21sw) April 6, 2019
paul rudd looking like this at 50,,,he's just that unproblematic 😌 pic.twitter.com/mbWlA8nZiy
— trina 💫 | 19 ︽✵︽ (@lokivers) April 6, 2019
I really don’t believe that Paul Rudd is 4 years younger than Bill Peters. There’s no way. pic.twitter.com/UkiW6b2pzC
— dd – Alexia Jordan (@Alexiaajordan24) April 6, 2019
In addition to the general internet, a few of Rudd’s famous friends got in on the fun, too. The rock band Rush — who got a huge shout-out from Rudd and Jason Segel in 2009’s I Love You, Man — posted a group photo with the birthday boy, along with the sentiment: “Happy 50th (?!) Paul Rudd…. The man simply does not age!! “We Still Love You Man.” Writer-director Edgar Wright singled Rudd out as well, offering what we feel is a perfectly plausible explanation for Rudd’s boyish good looks. “Happy 50th to the ever charming, ever-boyish Paul Rudd,” said Wright, adding, “Fifty is incidentally the number of virgins whose blood he bathes in per annum.”
Happy 50th (?!) Paul Rudd….the man simply does not age!! "We Still Love You Man" pic.twitter.com/xyMaOAR3dB
— Rush (@rushtheband) April 6, 2019
Happy 50th to the ever charming, ever boyish Paul Rudd. Fifty is incidentally the number of virgins whose blood he baths in per annum. pic.twitter.com/M1nH8kA5u9
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) April 6, 2019
And although we love a solid “bathing in the blood of innocents to achieve immortality” theory, we’re pretty partial to another possibility — eternal youth is the reward for being so damn unproblematic. Well played, Rudd. Well played.