Comedy director, writer and producer Judd Apatow is married to one of the funniest women in Hollywood, Leslie Mann. The two have worked closely together on many films, but there’s one actor in particular who has worked just a bit more closely with Mann on-screen: Paul Rudd.
“It’s uncomfortable,” Apatow, 47, said on “Good Morning America” today of watching Rudd play his wife’s husband in films so often. “I keep saying, ‘Why do I keep writing sex scenes for Paul Rudd and my wife?’ I should actually omit them from the script.”
Funnyman Rudd, 46, and Apatow’s real-life wife Mann, 43, have shared the silver screen as a married couple in two of Apatow’s movies, “Knocked Up” and “This Is 40.”
“I don’t mind it because I know they don’t enjoy it,” Apatow added. “So in a way it’s like torturing people by forcing them to make out.”
The director has a new book out called “Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy,” which is a collection of Apatow’s most memorable conversations with comedians since he was a teenager trying to make his way into the comedy world. Landing interviews with some of the comedy’s biggest legends like Jerry Seinfeld, John Stewart, Adam Sandler and Steve Martin as a kid was no easy feat, however. He’d lie.
“When I was 15 in 1983 I was a comedy nerd and I hunted down all the comedians from my high school radio station,” he explained. “I would lie to them. I would say I worked for a radio station. I never said it was a high school radio station. And then I would show up with this giant tape recorder and they would be like, ‘Oh no, I’m talking to a child,’ but they couldn’t back out. It was too late.”
Apatow has also been keeping busy with his upcoming film, “Trainwreck,” starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader and, ironically enough, LeBron James, who he says might just be better at comedy than he is on the court.
“I have to say, he’s so funny it’s irritating,” Apatow quipped. “I mean, I’m supposed to be the funny one and the bad athlete. He’s supposed to an athlete and unfunny.”