Weird science: Paul Rudd to play Einstein in a new play by Alan Alda
The Anchorman cutie will channel one of history’s greatest minds. Which of Rudd’s funny friends is next?
Mon May 19 2014
Illustration: Rob Kelly
Today it was announced that for one night next week, Paul Rudd will play iconic genius Albert Einstein in a reading of Alan Alda's Dear Albert. The play, part of the World Science Festival, is based on the father of modern physics's letters, which document not only his preoccupation with mass, energy and relativity, but his romantic travails. Rudd appears alongside Cynthia Nixon and Francesca Faridany. We're sure that the adorable comic star will find a way to temper his goofy instincts and do justice to the man who made E=mc2 a household formula.
Maybe Rudd will even start a trend among comedy stars who want to beef up their CVs with intellectual roles. It's not an exact science, but here are some theoretical contenders.
Billy Connolly as Sir Isaac Newton
The stand-up Scot could probably get 20 minutes of material from just talking about the apple falling on his head.
Robin Williams as Thomas Edison
Who else but the mercurial Williams could portray the Wizard of Menlo Park, who held more than a thousand patents?
Kristen Wiig as Marie Curie
Wiig would totally capture the funny Polish accent and radioactive personality of the Nobel-winning pioneer—and imagine the glow-in-the-dark sight gags!
Zach Galifianakis as Charles Darwin
He’s already got the beard and doughy physique—now just put the Between Two Ferns host in a room with a frisky chimp.
Seth Rogen as Nikola Tesla
We’re not sure why, but we can’t shake the image of a totally baked Rogen having his mind blown by a Tesla coil.
Will Ferrell as J. Robert Oppenheimer
Only Ferrell has the gravitas to evoke the imperious father of the atomic bomb, and get laughs from his famous reference to the Bhagavad Ghita, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” Hi-larious.
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