Paul Rudd and Olivia Colman go way back and that long lasting friendship made for a ridiculously cute moment on BBC Radio 1 this week.
During Friday’s Breakfast Show, the Marvel star joined host Greg James for a wittily-titled Agony Ant-Man segment where he tried to help listeners with their problems.
Things took an awkward and hilarious turn when a ‘Welsh’ woman dialed in, revealing that she’s a ‘big fan’ of the actor and ‘wanted to pick [his] brains’.
The caller asked: ‘What would you do if you had a really, like a really good mate, like for over 20 years like, and then this friend, yeah, he doesn’t live in England, but he’s come to England but he hasn’t told you about it?
‘Then, not only has he not told you about it, he’s come on to a radio show. What would you do?’
The 53-year-old star appeared nervous as he mumbled, ‘Oh my God. Oh no’, before the woman asked if he would be ‘offended’.
Trying to dig himself out of a potential hole, he awkwardly replied: ‘Personally, if it’s me? Absolutely not. I tend to give everybody the benefit of the doubt.’
He laughed as he repeatedly said ‘oh god’, before Greg decided to put Paul out of his misery and revealed the caller was actually Olivia.
‘You really can do every accent,’ he said as he awkwardly laughed and the host asked the pair about their ‘glorious friendship. ‘We really go back.’
Olivia, 49, chipped in: ‘Over 20 years! We were doing a paly together and Paul used to come and stay on the floor of our rubbish flat in south London and come for Sunday lunch and things. Paul was properly in the play, and I had about two lines I think.’
In a brilliant twist, the prank was actually her idea too as she heard Paul would be on the show and decided to have some fun at her pal’s expense.
She explained: ‘I was listening to the Breakfast show as I always do, because I love you, Greg James. I heard that Paul Rudd was coming on to do Agony Ant-Man.
‘I went “WHAT?!” So I emailed Greg and asked, “would it be alright to do a prank on Paul?” And he said, “Hell yeah!” ‘
Definite friendship goals right there – and hopefully they’ll find time to actually catch up while Paul’s over here.
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