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Faces & Names: Rudd needs healthy dose of comedy

(File / Associated Press)

Paul Rudd has been killing himself every night.

The actor best known for comedies such as "Knocked Up" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" has been performing a decidedly darker role on Broadway recently, as a devout man whose loss of faith makes him suicidal in "Grace."

"The guy just plunges off the deep end in a really kind of emotionally raw and draining way," Rudd says during a turnaround trip to Los Angeles to promote his latest film, Judd Apatow's "This Is 40." The actor was back onstage in New York the night after the interview.

Next up is "Anchorman 2," and Rudd says, "I could not be more excited about it." He's ready for a dose of goofy comedy after taking on such a dark stage role, because every character he plays gets under his skin a little.

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