When producers for the Eva Longoria Parker ghost comedy Over Her Dead Body went looking for a male lead, we're sure that even they expected to settle for a "Paul Rudd type," not Rudd himself. Yet the actor turned up in the movie anyway, a decision that puzzled many after Rudd finally broke through this decade with woolly, improvised performances in Wet Hot American Summer and the bulk of Judd Apatow's cinematic oeuvre . Now, while speaking to AICN's Capone on the promo tour for his new film Role Models , Rudd admits that he'd rather leave Body off his body of work:
PR: I have some explaining to do. [laughs]...Yeah, that was tough, that was a tough moment in my life. Capone: Was it tough at the moment, or was it only tough after? PR: It was tough…it got tougher…you know, I feel a little asshole-ish doggin’ it, because the guy [Jeff Lowell] who wrote and directed it is a great guy and naturally a very funny guy…I went into it thinking that it might be a little different take than it really was...I get it that the whole ‘dead coming back’ is right there under the ‘personality switching’ food chain of movie crapdom. I get that now. ...I’ve certainly done some clunkers, for sure. And, I take it really hard. It really bums me out. And, that one…I got kind of depressed when it came out, in all honesty...And, I think, I maybe was not the best choice. And, I also was not very good in it. So, I take responsibility for how kind of crummy I was in that, but you know… Capone: [Laughs] You didn’t stand out as being the crummiest thing. PR: Well, it’s a tough…it seemed like a movie, like…When I watched it, I thought, They don’t really make movies like this anymore. It seems like this was from 1984, you know?Rudd goes on to say that the film wasn't simply a paycheck gig for him, though we certainly hope he was well-compensated to fill out a billing block that could boast little besides Longoria Parker and Jason Biggs. Perhaps he truly did believe in the writer/director, but we think it's more likely that he simply couldn't withstand Longoria Parker's unique brand of flattery/coercion : "Jesus! We want you in this movie! Be nice. FUCK!"