TODAY   |  March 04, 2013

Paul Rudd talks freezing shower with Tina Fey

The actor talks about his new movie, “Admission,” revealing he and co-star Tina Fey had to film their shower scene at 2 a.m. in a “freezing cold” barn and admiring the mustache he’s growing for “Anchorman 2.”

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>>> rudd is in the studio. we'll talk to him. first this is "today" on nbc.

>>> we're back now at 8:44. paul rudd is teaming up with tina fey in "admissions."

>> rudd works at an alternative high school and invites her for a recruiting visit and the two quickly realize their connection goes beyond professional.

>> nelson loves traveling. we've lived in indonesia, built a water purification system in myanmar.

>> you're just a single dad, traveling the world with his kid, doing good?

>> when you put it like that, it sounds so feeling. i have it on a t-shirt, single dad traveling the world with his kid doing good.

>> i'm not sure people would believe it on me.

>> paul rudd , good morning to you.

>> good morning.

>> first time you work with tina fey and there's a steamy shower scene.

>> there is.

>> are we overselling it a bit?

>> no, keep going. it sounds a little sexier, actually, when you say it than it really is.

>> looks totally sexy. i don't know what you're talking about.

>> we shot it about 2:00 in the morning in a barn.

>> really?

>> freezing cold. all that steam --

>> are you using cold as the excuse?

>> definitely.

>> you're naked for half the movie, though.

>> contractually --

>> you feel naked without your mustache.

>> i do. this is finally me, covering up. i feel -- just getting a look at it right -- what do you think? no? kind of yani.

>> there are a lot of layers in this movie. tina plays an admissions counselor or officer. you also bring her to your school for another reason. you want her to meet one student in particular.

>> that's right, yeah. there's a student played by nat wolf who has a connection, i believe, with tina and i really want them to meet. i also have a son that we travel the world. we might be going somewhere else. so there's -- this meeting is pressing.

>> if you're going to give the plot away --

>> very cryptic.

>> i never know what to say.

>> do you get in trouble sometimes after interviews where the publicist says, you can't say that?

>> no, never. i just assume. i don't want to give too much away.

>> the film catches the anxiety that one feels during the admissions process. were you that kind of kid when you grew up, worried about your essay and all that?

>> no, no. i didn't apply to schools. i didn't -- my parents were british. they went through a different process. something with a levels and o levels . i still can't figure it out. i never applied to colleges. i wouldn't have gotten in anyway. but this, i think, does capture a little bit of that pressure.

>> you have two kids. you'll get to see all that anxiety up close and personal when it comes to them applying.

>> that's right. they're very young now but we're already on the proper course to be sure that they -- my daughter is 3. when i get home today, we're going over -- we're working on essays.

>> good.

>>> let's talk about award seas season. we saw you at the golden globes . we had dinner together. you didn't call, though.

>> he called me.

>> oh, really?

>> this is awkward now. no, it was fun. it really was.

>> it was.

>> you also got to present at the awards. how was that?

>> it was all right.

>> there you are with melissa mccarthy . one of the recipients you presented an award to wore a kilt.

>> yeah. that's great. i love kilts.

>> it looks great.

>> it does. he was on my best dressed list. for brave it made a lot of sense.

>> it makes you part of a very small club, guys who presented academy awards to men wearing kilts.

>> who else is in that club?

>> i don't know. as i said, it's a very small club. tina fey and amy poehler , should they host the academy awards ?

>> they would be great. everyone knows they would be great because they're both great. i don't know. that's pressure. it seems like kind of a tough gig, isn't it? have they said whether or not they want to do it?

>> i think tina said no way in hell or something like that. we can't let you go without

asking you about "anchor man: the sequel." you're starting to shoot it now. hence, the stache.

>> that's why i have this. it's been several years, but it's so fun and exciting.

>> the look.

>> it's pretty great, i got to say. we had a blast on the first one so we're all excited about this one.

>> we're pretty excited to have you here. "admissions" opens march 22nd . nice to see you.

>> thanks for having me.

>> tina fey will be here