Paul Rudd on how parenting has made him more sentimental

Still hilarious, but now diving a little deeper.

Paul Rudd recently sat down for an in-depth interview with Mr. Porter where he admitted that fatherhood has offered him a new perspective, which has played a role in the projects he picks. “I’ve experienced more profound moments in my life: my dad dying, being a parent,” he says. “All of a sudden your sensitivity is heightened. I see things on TV like 'Undercover Boss' and they knock me to the ground. My kids make fun of me. ‘Oh, Dad’s crying again.’”

Rudd also admitted that he relishes delivering a so-lame-it’s-hilarious joke to his sons, Jack and Darby, ages 12 and eight, respectively. “My favorite thing is when they roll their eyes because it’s such a dad joke, but I know they find it funny,” he shares. “They kind of try to fight a smile.”

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387625 12: (ITALY OUT) Actor Paul Rudd attends the opening night of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' April 8, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Liaison)
Paul Rudd during Dior Dance for Life to Benefit the Aaliyah Memorial Fund, a Program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation at Private Residence in Bel Air, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
Paul Rudd during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Paul Rudd attends 'The Discoverers' New York screening at The Core Club on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
Paul Rudd (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Paul Rudd during '200 Cigarettes' Los Angeles Premiere at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Paul Rudd during 'Bash' Opening Night - June 24, 1999 at Douglas Fairbanks Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 26: Actor Paul Rudd onstage at Marvel's Hall H Panel for 'Ant-Man' during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 26: Actor Paul Rudd attends the Marvel Studios panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actor Paul Rudd attends the 'They Came Together' screening during the BAMcinemaFest 2014 at BAM Harvey Theater on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actors Amy Poehler (L) and Paul Rudd attend the 'They Came Together' screening during the BAMcinemaFest 2014 at BAM Harvey Theater on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actor Paul Rudd attends the 'They Came Together' screening during the BAMcinemaFest 2014 at BAM Harvey Theater on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Actor Paul Rudd on stage during the curtain call of 'Dear Albert: A Reading for the Stage' at the 7th Annual World Science Festival at the NYU Skirball Center on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)
Paul Rudd during 'The Object of My Affection' L.A. Premiere - April 9, 1998 at GCC Avco Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - 9th April 1998: Actress Jennifer Aniston with actor Paul Rudd at the LA premiere of their film 'The Object of My Affection'. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Paul Rudd during 'The Cider House Rules' Beverly Hills Premiere at 1999 Tobey Maguire File Photo in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Paul Rudd arrives at 'The Chateau' premiere at the Chelsea West Cinemas in New York City. 8/6/02 Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images
Paul Rudd during 'The Shape of Things' Screening at Pace University's Michael Shimal Building of the Arts in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic)
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The 49-year-old thespian also spoke warmly of joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ant-Man and the mega-franchise's ability to bring fans together.

“Fandom, like sport, is such a leveler, no matter where you stand politically,” he says. “There’s no middle ground right now between a Trump supporter and Trump hater. It’s Yanny and Laurel. But put those two people at Comic-Con with a shared love of Captain America and… That’s why I became an actor, to bring people together. Create world peace. You know, when you’re an artist…”

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