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Will Ferrell says Paul Rudd was only named People’s Sexiest Man Alive after HE passed


Will Ferrell is taking credit for Paul Rudd’s People’s 2021 Sexiest Man Alive cover.

On Thursday evening the Daddy’s Home actor was seen with Rudd on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where the movie star had some fun.

Ferrell joked that the Clueless actor only won the coveted title because he passed on it. ‘I’m totally cool with it because I turned it down,’ joked Will as he kept a straight face.

You’re welcome: Will Ferrell is taking credit for Paul Rudd’s People’s 2021 Sexiest Man Alive cover. On Thursday evening the Daddy’s Home actor was seen with Rudd on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where the movie star had some fun

Ferrell added: ‘I called Paul. I go, “Paul, I can’t do it but something’s coming your way.”‘

The audience roared with laughter as Fallon said that sounded very ‘awkward.’

Paul then said: ‘I showed up for Will.’ 

Jimmy then continued the joke: ‘All you really good-looking actors just do that for Will when he bails on stuff.’

That is when Ferrell shared: ‘I bail … all the time.’

Rudd didn’t let the gag end as she shared sexy stars help him out ‘because we love him.’

I did this: Ferrell joked that the Clueless actor only won the coveted title because he passed on it. 'I'm totally cool with it because I turned it down,' joked Will as he kept a straight face

I did this: Ferrell joked that the Clueless actor only won the coveted title because he passed on it. ‘I’m totally cool with it because I turned it down,’ joked Will as he kept a straight face

'I'm going to lean into it hard': Rudd was named People's 2021 Sexiest Man Alive for the first time at age 52

‘I’m going to lean into it hard’: Rudd was named People’s 2021 Sexiest Man Alive for the first time at age 52 

Paul said when he landed the cover that he was going to get ‘so much grief’ from his friends. 

Paul explained: ‘As they should. I would. I mean I’m going to lean into it hard. I’m going to own this. I’m not going to try to be like ‘Oh, I’m so modest.’ 

‘I’m getting business cards made. But all of my friends will destroy me and I expect them to. And that’s why they’re my friends.’

A good gag: Ferrell added: 'I called Paul. I go, "Paul, I can't do it but something's coming your way."' The audience roared with laughter as Fallon said that sounded very 'awkward.' Paul then said: 'I showed up for Will'

A good gag: Ferrell added: ‘I called Paul. I go, “Paul, I can’t do it but something’s coming your way.”‘ The audience roared with laughter as Fallon said that sounded very ‘awkward.’ Paul then said: ‘I showed up for Will’

And then this happened: Will and Paul wore blonde wigs during the during Peter and his Hecklers skit on Thursday

And then this happened: Will and Paul wore blonde wigs during the during Peter and his Hecklers skit on Thursday

One of Paul’s friends, actor and comedian Seth Rogen, did not give him grief but instead complimented his friend as he tweeted: ‘No arguments here.’ 

Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone also gave him props. 

The actor has big plans now that he has been giving the title including private events with his fellow iconic handsome men.

He explained: ‘I’m hoping now that I’ll finally be invited to some of those sexy dinners with Clooney and Pitt and [Michael] B Jordan.

From left, Rudd, Ferrell, David Koechner, Steve Carell in 2004's Anchorman

From left, Rudd, Ferrell, David Koechner, Steve Carell in 2004’s Anchorman

‘And I figure I’ll be on a lot more yachts. I’m excited to expand my yachting life. And I’ll probably try to get better at brooding in really soft light. I like to ponder. I think this is going to help me become more inward and mysterious. And I’m looking forward to that.’

Paul told People that the only person he told about the honor ahead of time was his wife of nearly 20 years Julie Yaeger.

Of her response to the news he said: ‘She was stupefied. But you know she was very sweet about it. After some giggling and shock, she said, “Oh, they got it right.” And that was very sweet. She was probably not telling the truth, but what’s she going to say?’

Hero: Paul stars as Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic universe, he is seen in 2015's Ant-Man

Hero: Paul stars as Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic universe, he is seen in 2015’s Ant-Man

As if: Paul seen with Alicia Silverstone in Clueless back in 1995

As if: Paul seen with Alicia Silverstone in Clueless back in 1995

As he and Julie have two kids together – son Jack, 17, and daughter Darby, 12 – Paul said he considers himself a family man above all. 

He admitted: ‘When I think about myself, I think of myself as a husband and a father, like I’m that.

‘I just hang out with my family when I’m not working. That’s what I kind of like the most.’ 

Last year’s People’s Sexiest Man Alive title went to Creed star Michael B. Jordan.  

'When I think about myself, I think of myself as a husband and a father': As he and Julie have two kids together - son Jack, 17, and daughter Darby, 12 - Paul said he considers himself a family man above all, the family are seen in July 2015

‘When I think about myself, I think of myself as a husband and a father’: As he and Julie have two kids together – son Jack, 17, and daughter Darby, 12 – Paul said he considers himself a family man above all, the family are seen in July 2015



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