Paul Rudd likes any excuse to eat bacon

Sep 14, 2011 at 1:54 p.m. ET

Paul Rudd is talking to Playboy about nudity on film and which director prefers him to pack on a few pounds. Any excuse to eat bacon, right?

Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd doesn't think he should do any more nude scenes. The 42-year-old, who's hiney got some air time in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, tells the Oct. issue of Playboy it's time to start keeping his clothes on.

"I've been naked in a lot of my movies," says Paul Rudd. "There's something inherently funny about the naked male body, particularly mine. Ryan Reynolds, sure, it makes sense why he'd strip down. But not me. I shouldn't be allowed to."

"I'm a big fan of movie nudity," the actor explains. "A male [expletive] shot is the cheapest and best laugh ever. But it's mortifying to do. When I showed my butt in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, all I could think was, 'This is going to be up on all those big screens.' I was very self-conscious about doing it."

Making the nude scenes all the more difficult is director Judd Apatow, who prefers his pal Paul Rudd with a few extra pounds on his frame. On gaining weight for work he tells Playboy, "I know, it's weird. It's the opposite of what the studios normally want or what other directors want. But it's different with Judd. He always says, every time we work together, that he wants me to gain weight. He says, 'I like a fat Rudd.'"

Luckily there aren't many complaints from Paul Rudd, who adds, "I just like the excuse to eat bacon."

Yet Apatow is a fickle man and weight changes can cause issues over the course of filming. Rudd explains, "There's a line in The 40-Year-Old Virgin when my character tells Steve Carell what it's like to have your heart broken and how you're constantly gaining and losing weight. I improvised that line because, before we started shooting the movie, I took Judd's request to put on weight maybe a little too far. And the studio said, 'You're a fat ass. Lose some weight.' So during the course of the movie I tried to drop a few pounds."

That weight fluctuation caused "a huge problem." Paul Rudd continues, "And I figured my weight is going to fluctuate anyway. If I mention it in a scene, maybe that'll cover my bases and justify why I'm 10 pounds heavier in some scenes and 10 pounds lighter in others."

Are you sad to see the end of Paul Rudd nude scenes?

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