Robert Downey Jr. insists ‘Ant-Man’ co-star Paul Rudd steal his ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ cover

When you’re involved in developing a screenplay with Robert Downey Jr., expect the unexpected. The married father of five was giving an interview to People’s Sexiest Man Alive when his actress friend, Kate McKinnon,…

Robert Downey Jr. insists ‘Ant-Man’ co-star Paul Rudd steal his ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ cover

When you’re involved in developing a screenplay with Robert Downey Jr., expect the unexpected.

The married father of five was giving an interview to People’s Sexiest Man Alive when his actress friend, Kate McKinnon, announced that Downey had just confirmed the actor’s participation in the film.

“I know your sh-t looks good on Paul Rudd!” McKinnon blurted out on a conference call, reported several media outlets.

Rudd, startled, addressed the phone: “Can you repeat the question again?”

McKinnon quickly changed the subject, but Rudd paused: “Um, great! What was the question again?”

Rudd did eventually answer: “OK. I’m so excited.”

Downey had told Downey about Rudd’s involvement in the comedy “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which reunites Rudd and Downey, the former “Iron Man” actor and co-star of the “Jurassic Park” trilogy. “I heard that Paul Rudd was gonna do the movie,” Downey told People on the same conference call. “And I told Paul, ‘You’ve gotta be in this movie.’”

Downey, who is receiving treatment for cocaine and alcohol abuse, tried to hide his laughter as McKinnon inquired: “How did he get the part?”

Rudd eventually explained how he scored the role.

“Downey said, ‘If you do Ant-Man, we’ll do the sequel. But I can’t tell you,’” Rudd told People. “Then, when the sequel came up, that’s when I learned I got the role.”

Downey proposed that Rudd join him on the People magazine cover.

“Paul, when do you want to do this?” Downey asked.

“I need you to tell the editor that I need to do this,” Rudd replied.

“No, I understand that,” Downey said. “But I’ll let you.”

The trio’s biggest obstacle was working out Rudd’s age, reported The Associated Press.

“Robert Downey Jr. and Paul Rudd have been working together for months and I guess I am just two weeks shy of my career day, so he was baffled,” Rudd told People.

The actor was more skeptical about the outcome of the resulting interview and photo shoot, AP said. “Once it came out that I had my shirt off, it was like, Oh, of course,” Rudd said.

“I’m not sure if it’s a movie that my kids could see,” Downey added.

There’s something else women (and men) will have trouble remembering. The article appeared Tuesday, not May 21, as originally reported by The Associated Press.

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