04/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Paul Rudd: A Leading Man At Last

FANS of Paul Rudd have not gone wanting in recent years: he has popped up with comforting regularity in movies big and small, on television sitcoms and sketch shows, and he leaves an impression, however tiny the role. But they have had reason to wonder why this good-looking, likeable, quick-witted actor has so often played the sidekick and not the romantic leading man.

Their wait is now over -- sort of. Mr. Rudd is front and center in his new comedy, but as its title proclaims, "I Love You, Man" is less interested in the relationship between the hero and his bride-to-be than in the deep and true (but strictly nonsexual) feelings he has developed for his new best buddy.

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