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Paul Rudd Was Supposed to Play This Character in ‘Bridesmaids’

Paul RuddNEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: Actor Paul Rudd speaks about his latest movie 'Ant Man' at Apple Store Soho on July 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)

It’s shaping up to be a big week for wedding movies. After it was reported that My Best Friend’s Wedding went with an alternate ending, the director behind Bridesmaids revealed on April 3, that Paul Rudd was originally supposed to have a small role in the raunchy comedy.

According to director Paul Feig, Rudd was supposed to play a blind date prospect for Annie (Kristen Wiig’s jilted, single bridesmaid character) in the raunchy-but-beloved 2011 comedy. Feig told Entertainment Weekly that Wiig and Rudd actually filmed the now-deleted scene at an ice-skating rink.

The pleasant enough blind date turns sour when a kid suddenly skates over Rudd’s finger, and his seemingly-charming character transforms into a complete sociopath.

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Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph attend the ‘Bridesmaids’ premiere at Village Theater on April 27, 2011 in Westwood, California. (Shutterstock.com)

“There is always that terrible moment when you have to kill your babies,” lamented Feig, who’s the mastermind behind 2016’s Ghostbusters, The Heat, and other such comedies.

“We did so many takes of it,” he continued. “It was one of the funniest things I’ve ever been a witness to.”

While the scene would’ve certainly been memorable, it was ultimately cut due to the already-developed plot line. Wiig’s character already found herself in a love triangle, and adding one more suitor to the mix would’ve complicated matters.

“It just didn’t ring true that in addition to Jon [Hamm] and Chris [O’Dowd], she’d be also going out on other dates to try and find more love,” the director noted. Ultimately, the film’s producer and frequent Rudd collaborator Judd Apatow delivered the news to the actor.

“I felt so bad about it,” Feig concluded.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.