Actor and comedian Paul Rudd is getting a lot of praise for indulging a fan after she spotted him on her flight on Saturday. Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Charlotte Wilder live-tweeted her slightly awkward but daring experience trying to get up the courage to reference one of the most beloved Rudd-related memes on the internet.
“Paul Rudd is on my flight to KC and I’m fighting the urge to stop by his seat and say, ‘Hey, look at us. Who would’ve thought?’ just to see if he’ll say, ‘Not me!’” Wilder wrote.
Paul Rudd is on my flight to KC and I’m fighting the urge to stop by his seat and say, “Hey, look at us. Who would’ve thought?” just to see if he’ll say, “Not me!”— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) January 18, 2020
The meme references an episode of the popular YouTube series Hot Ones in which celebrities are invited to eat wings smothered in progressively spicier hot sauces to see if they can get to the end of the ten-wing challenge while answering interview questions. During the episode with Rudd, the actor says, “Hey, look at us,” to which host Sean Evans replies, “Who would’ve thought?” In classic form, Rudd says, “Not me!”
When you make next morning brunch plans when you’re hammered and then actually follow through with them pic.twitter.com/dWu31q0CQe— Ry (@Mr__Tweeets) October 20, 2019
The candor of this moment quickly became a meme, and Rudd has been leaning into it ever since. Still, Wilder wasn’t sure if he would appreciate a stranger engaging with him over it.
I should've asked him if he thinks he has better planking form than Vrabel. Start some trash talk. Maybe I'll try it when we land— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) January 18, 2020
Wilder wrote that Rudd “seemed to appreciate” her chickening out on the meme, and that she told him he could find her if he wanted to talk about the Chiefs. Both were apparently on the way to the Chiefs’ game, with the end of the story featuring a photo of him in a team Jersey with Wilder after he made her dreams come true.
I found Paul Rudd in the Chiefs locker room and said “Hey! It’s me, the girl from the plane!” And he gives me a hug, glances around the room and says, “Hey, look at us. Who would’ve thought?” And I passed out pic.twitter.com/LSoqJ3HD8n
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) January 20, 2020
Celebrities are not always the most approachable people, at times understandably tired of strangers coming up to them to quote things they said constantly. People are therefore highly appreciative of this story of Paul Rudd being so kind to a fan.
“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die”
— Larry Williams (@WilliamsLarry86) January 18, 2020
the best possible way this could’ve ended. what a guy.
— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) January 20, 2020
This man is playing small talk chess while we've been playing small talk checkers— Mitch (@Mitch_from_MI) January 20, 2020
This is the story Twitter was invented for
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) January 20, 2020
is paul rudd really just everything we all hoped he would be
— molly (@mollypodlesny) January 20, 2020
OMG. GREATEST PAYOFF EVER.
— Robbie Fox (@RobbieBarstool) January 20, 2020
When you just made the super bowl but didn’t get the Paul Rudd pic pic.twitter.com/52yZOmq6Lb— Avi Sholkoff (@avisholkoff) January 20, 2020
Excellent work from Paul Rudd pic.twitter.com/cV4MT2P5NT— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) January 20, 2020
To be fair, I think we’re all jealous of Wilder right now.