Paul Rudd spent months growing movie beard

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A 2011 comedy film starring Paul Rudd as the main character of Ned. A well-meaning idealist, Ned has just been released from prison where he was serving time for dealing marijuana. Now he's out and unknowingly invading the lives of his three sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer), each of whom has their own personality and set of quirks.
August 24th, 2011

Paul Rudd says it took him a couple of months to grow his beard for his role in 'Our Idiot Brother'.

The actor sports impressive facial hair for his role as hippy idealist Ned in the comedy movie and he was impressed by how thick his beard got during shooting.

He told website indieWIRE.com: "Well, I kept it for about two weeks after we wrapped. I don't really know exactly how long it took to grow. Probably a couple of months. I had to maintain it during shooting, otherwise it would have gotten really big. But yeah, I can grow a big, sizable beard quickly. But then it gets to the point where it starts looking less civil war and more 'Fiddler on the Roof'."

Paul really enjoyed playing a character who tries to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and looks to find the good in everyone, and he admits Ned's sunny disposition entered his real life.

He said: "You know, I'm not really a method actor or anything. That's not the way I tend to operate. But it is true, that if I work on something, the experience of being the character everything does start to permeate into your everyday life. As a result, I was very happy during the shooting of the movie. It's not often that you get to play somebody that has absolutely no cynicism, or is not judgmental in any way. And on top of it all I got to wear short shorts and Crocs."