Actor Paul Rudd, noted youthful person, is trying to get other young people to wear masks.
Rudd, a New Jersey native who never seems to age, has teamed up with the state of New York and the food website First We Feast to hammer home the importance of wearing face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a PSA posted to Twitter Monday, Rudd, holding a skateboard and wearing some Beats headphones around his neck, identifies himself as an actor and “certified young person.”
“A few days ago I was talking on the iPhone with my homie Governor Cuomo,” he says. “And he’s just going off about how us millennials need to wear masks, because — get this — apparently a lot of COVID is transmitted by us millennials. No cap. So Cuomes asked me, he’s like, ‘Paul, you gotta help. What are you, like 26?’ And I didn’t correct him.”
Rudd, who is actually somehow 51 and firmly ensconced in Generation X, grew up in Kansas after leaving New Jersey as a child.
“So fam, let’s real talk,” he says in the video, addressing those “fellow” millennials. “Masks? They’re totally beast. So slide that into your DMs and Twitch it!”
Rudd also recreates his famous meme from an appearance on First We Feast’s “Hot Ones,” the video series in which celebrities eat hot wings as part of a quest to try hot sauces of increasing intensity. You know, to answer the all-important question, “What would celebrities be like after they’ve consumed a sweat-inducing amount of chili pepper?”
A moment from Rudd’s 2019 visit to the show has been memed to oblivion. In the clip (see the 25-minute mark here), Rudd, who opted for cauliflower vegan wings, prepares to taste a combination of multiple hot sauces with host Sean Evans and reflects upon his spicy achievement.
“Look at us,” he tells Evans. “Hey, look at us.”
“Look at us,” Evans replies. “Who would’ve thought?”
“Not me,” Rudd says.
In the video, he replays the exchange wearing a mask smeared with hot sauce as he attempts to eat a wing through the face covering.
“Look at us,” Rudd says. “Hey, look at us.”
“Look at us,” Evans says. “Who would’ve thought wearing masks would be a problem?”
“Not me,” Rudd replies.
At the end of the clip, the actor breaks down and can no longer maintain his “hello, fellow kids” facade.
“Just wear a mask!” he exclaims. “I shouldn’t have to make it fun, it’s science!! It’s science! Ahhhh!”
In a longer version of the spot shared by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Twitter, Rudd notes that hundreds of thousands of people have died from COVID-19. He also pretends to be on the phone with Billie Eilish, who says she is wearing a mask.
“I wanna stan you,” Rudd says, trying to cram in as much young lingo as possible. “You’re so my bae.”
“Yo, listen hypebeasts,” he says. “Masks protect you and your dank squad, because caring about other people is the new not caring about other people.”
“Want a challenge?” he says, doing an impression of a TikTok dance challenge. “How about a ‘stop the pandemic’ challenge? What about that? What about a ‘save grandma’ challenge?”
Rudd, who plays Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stars in the upcoming “Ghostbusters” sequel “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” which was slated for release in July and has been moved to March 2021 because of the pandemic.
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