EXCLUSIVE: Paul Rudd reveals his great idea for The 40-Year-Old Virgin sequel 3 weeks ago

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Rudd reveals his great idea for The 40-Year-Old Virgin sequel

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He also has thoughts on the potential for a sequel to I Love You, Man.

Sequels are tricky.

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You've got to give the audience an almost impossible mix of what they loved about the original, while also providing something fresh and new to make sure you're not just copy-pasting what came before.

That is the hurdle facing Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which is taking up the mantle of the iconic 1984 comedy-horror, which in itself had a less successful sequel in 1989 and a much-maligned reboot in 2016.

But if there is anyone out there who might know how to stick the landing of a comedy sequel, it is Paul Rudd.

He's had some of his biggest and most beloved comedies - Anchorman, Wet Hot American Summer, Knocked Up - get the sequel treatment, but there are some other biggies in his CV that Hollywood hasn't returned to just yet.

In the run-up to the release of the new Ghostbusters movie, JOE chatted to Paul about the movie and his career, and you can check out that interview in full right here:

Over the course of the interview, in which Rudd also reveals that he was once so terrified of a scary movie that he had to go see a therapist to get over it, we brought up some of his much-loved comedies that have yet to get a sequel.

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So, given the option, which of these would Rudd most like to return to: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models or I Love You, Man?

Rudd told us:

"I am kind of curious about what the story is with all three of those now. The 40-Year-Old Virgin would be in his mid-50s now, and would he be tearing it up? Would he go the opposite way? Would he just be hitting up everything that moves? Yeah, like in a really skeevy way. He'd be like the guy you don't wanna talk to.

"Isn't that the deal with the sequel? You have to go the opposite, you have to do a 180. So Andy, Steve Carrell's character, is a lothario and just a piece of trash. That would be an interesting choice.

"Or I Love You, Man. I'd like to see what happens to Jason Segel's character. Where does Sidney go? And that was a fun movie to do, so yeah, I'd be down to know what happened there."

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We also chatted Rudd's young co-stars - Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Logan Kim and Celeste O'Connor - and you can check out those interviews in full right here.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is released in Irish cinemas on Thursday, 18 November.

Clip via Sony Pictures Ireland

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