In a recent interview, Ant-Man star Paul Rudd opened up about his time on Friends, explaining how he felt like he was a “prop” for the show.
Rudd played Mike Hannigan on the show. Mike was Phoebe’s love interest and Rudd appeared in seventeen episodes over the course of three years.
Even though Mike played an integral role for one of the main cast, Rudd explained how he never felt that way.
Chris Evans was the one to pose the question about Friends. He asked how it felt to be part of “real clubby, cliquey, benchmark-y things”, including Marvel, as well as Friends. Paul Rudd replied with the following:
“They do seem like kind of pockets and chapters in life. In something like Friends, the show was about them, but it’s an interesting thing to be a part of. I was only in it for just a blip. I felt, I’m like a prop on this show. It’s not about Mike Hannigan. But there’s a very interesting feeling to be a part of something that has that kind of profound impact on pop culture.”
Evans tried to reassure Rudd by saying:
“Even in the Avengers world, it was kind of like welcoming you into the fold, but very quickly. I can’t imagine you not gelling with the group. You’re like sorbet, just a palate cleanser. It’s an always welcome addition.”