‘Bridesmaids’ director Paul Feig explains cutting Paul Rudd out of the movie

“It made more sense that she’d be caught between these two guys. “It was one of the funniest things I’ve ever been a witness to.”   (You can catch a glimpse of Rudd filming with Wiig in the bonus feature below from the Bridesmaids   home release, at the 1:48 mark)

For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit   ew.com/untoldstories. What did the comedic actor also known as Ant-Man receive in return for his day of hijinks? “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,” Feig explains. To read more Untold Stories, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly,   on stands now, or buy it here — and   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. A big fat goose egg when the scene was deleted from the movie, much to Feig’s dismay. Bridesmaids director Paul Feig wrote Paul Rudd the very specific role of blind date-turned-crazy man. Very sadly, we cut all the blind date sequences out of the movie.”
So who told Rudd that the scene was cut? According to Feig, the movie was already running at two and a half hours and with audiences already required to navigate Annie’s odd love triangle involving Jon Hamm’s scuzzy commitment-phobe and Chris O’Dowd’s lovable police officer, adding a blind date sequence into the film only muddled matters. “We did so many takes of it,” says Feig, happy to defy audience expectations of Rudd’s typical nice-guy persona. “I felt so bad about it.”

Show Full Article So why was it axed? “There is always that terrible moment when you have to kill your babies,” says Feig of the scene in which   Rudd plays a seemingly perfect blind date for Kristen Wiig’s Annie, only to transform into a deranged ice-skating sociopath when a chubby kid innocently skates over his finger. “Judd delivered the sad news,” says Feig. Producer Judd Apatow convinced him to spend the day throwing his body down on an ice-skating rink, running around the set like a deranged fool and tossing expletives at small children.