Bridesmaids Director Paul Feig Explains Why Paul Rudd Was Cut

Posted 2017/04/04 1931 0

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig wrote Paul Rudd the very specific role of blind date-turned-crazy man. However, it was cut out of the movie.


Believe it or not, Paul Rudd was supposed to have a small role in Bridesmaids, playing half of a blind date gone wrong for Kristen Wiig's Annie. But unfortunately, after a day of shooting and the usual Rudd magic, the scene was eventually cut by director Paul Feig.

Director Paul Feig told Entertainment Weekly that he wrote the very specific role for Rudd. The scene saw Rudd and Wiig visit an ice-skating rink under a cloud of movie romance, only for it to transpire that Rudd's character was bad at ice skating and a sore loser about it, to boot. He was particularly incensed when an overweight child skated over his finger.

Producer Judd Apatow convinced Rudd to spend an entire filming day "throwing his body down on an ice-skating rink, running around the set like a deranged fool and tossing expletives at small children". It was to everyone's dismay that his efforts were left on the cutting room floor.

“There is always that terrible moment when you have to kill your babies,” says Feig of the scene .

“We did so many takes of it,” says Feig, happy to defy audience expectations of Rudd’s typical nice-guy persona. “It was one of the funniest things I’ve ever been a witness to.”

While a scene of ice-skating and swearing at children would have been perfect between Paul Rudd and Kristen Wiig, it didn't fit into Bridesmaids' overarching plot. Specifically, Paul Feig's reasoning was the following:

It just didn't ring true that in addition to Jon and Chris, she'd be also going out on other dates to try and find more love. It made more sense that she'd be caught between these two guys. Very sadly, we cut all the blind date sequences out of the movie.

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Bridesmaids is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Paul Feig, written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, and produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel and Clayton Townsend. The plot centers on Annie (Wiig), who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend, Lillian, played by Maya Rudolph. Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey co-star as Lillian's bridesmaids, with Chris O'Dowd, Rebel Wilson, Matt Lucas, Michael Hitchcock, and Jill Clayburgh, in her final film appearance, in supporting roles.