Paul Rudd Says He Almost Lost ‘How Do You Know’ Role

Rudd tells MTV News he got a do-over after showing up to audition for director James Brooks with a raging fever.

At this point in his career, it’s hard to imagine that comedically gifted actor Paul Rudd would ever not be considered for a role he wanted. However, Rudd’s role in James L. Brooks’ romantic comedy “How Do You Know” is a part that almost wasn’t.

“I didn’t get a call [to audition],” Rudd recently told MTV News about finding his way to the film. “I knew this movie was going to happen, and I just inquired if I could get an audition and I got a call to read at James Brooks’ apartment,” he explained. “So the first thing was, ‘Oh my God I’m going to James Brooks’ apartment!’ ”

That was the good news. Unfortunately, that first meeting with Brooks was scheduled just as Rudd was coming down with a fever.

“I had a very high temperature. … It was like 101 degrees,” Rudd recalled. “I went up and I was not quite [myself], I couldn’t even add correctly. So I read, and it was just not that good,” he admitted. “Thankfully, I had my faculties with me enough that I asked him if I could meet with him again in a few weeks — he was going to go back to Los Angeles and I had to be in Los Angeles for something else. He said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ ”

Rudd said that second meeting secured his fate. “I’m really happy that I [asked for another meeting] because there was no way it would have happened otherwise, based on the reading in New York,” he said. “So I went and then read with Reese [Witherspoon] in his office.”

Obviously, the rest is history, since Rudd is in “How Do You Know” (on the posters and everything) and it opens Friday.

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