The ageless 51 year old transforms into a 26-year-old cool kid who uses words like “dank” and “yeet” to try and connect with his … peers?
Let’s face it, at this point, no one is really sure how old Paul Rudd is or which generation he’s a part of. The guy has basically looked the same since he first showed up on our screens — we assume he has a decrepit painting of himself in his attic.
Well, in a new PSA in association with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and First We Fest magazine, Rudd took advantage of his youthful looks to connect with a whole different generation.
The 51-year-old actor hilariously donned a crooked Yankees ball cap and hoodie, complete with headphones and a skateboard, to talk to his fellow Millennials — ahem — about the importance of wearing masks during a global pandemic.
“A few days ago, I was talking on the iPhone with my homie, Governor Cuomo, and he’s just going off about how us Millennials need to wear masks because, get this, apparently a lot of COVID is transmitted by us Millennials, no cap,” Rudd says.
He then jokes that Cuomo thought he was 26, “and I didn’t correct him.”
And here’s where it starts to get hilariously cringey as we all know this is a 51-year-old man (though still not as brilliantly awkward as when Steve Buscemi pretended to be a cool young person).
“Fam, let’s real talk. Masks? They’re totally beast. So slide that into your DMs and Twitch it,” he says, using every single one of those words in a way that immediately drives Millennials and Gen Z crazy.
At another point, he plays into that too-cool-for-school mentality every generation has when they’re young by saying, “caring about other people is the new not caring about other people.”
He even fakes a conversation with genuine young person Billie Eilish, telling her he wants to stan her and that she’s still his bae after she says she’s wearing a mask. Seriously, this is like the most ingeniously intentionally awful PSA out there.
Finally, he talks about TIkTok dances and drops a few sick (as in they’re making us a little ill) beats before the whole facade drops off and he talks earnestly and angrily about this — like why is this even a thing he has to do at this point in this way?
“People are dying. Hundreds of thousands of people are dying and it’s preventable. It’s preventable. Just wear a mask, I shouldn’t have to make it fun. It’s science,” he said before sighing angrily and throwing his hands up.
Throw in a bizarre masked “Hot Ones” crossover and one last attempt to use a cool modern slang term correctly and Rudd slayed a two-minute plea for New Yorkers, and really everyone, to just wear a mask already.
Honestly, would it kill you to wear one? Rudd’s expression says in those closing moments. Because it could kill someone to not.
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