Paul Rudd honored as Hasty Pudding Man of the Year

Actor Paul Rudd holds his pudding pot trophy during a roast at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Rudd was honored as “Man of the Year” by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard. (AP)
Updated 03 February 2018

Paul Rudd honored as Hasty Pudding Man of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.: Actor and screenwriter Paul Rudd picked up his 2018 Man of the Year award from the nation’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization at Harvard University on Friday night.
Rudd received the Hasty Pudding honor during a black-tie event. The Boston Globe reported the actor was celebrated in a roast that targeted his “dad face” and his past as a bar mitzvah DJ.
Hasty Pudding said it chose the “Ant-Man” star because his career has spanned many genres, from indies to mainstream films, from heartfelt comedies to superheroes.
He plays the lead in the upcoming “The Catcher Was a Spy,” the real-life story of Ivy Leaguer and major league ballplayer Moe Berg, a spy with the forerunner of the CIA during World War II.
“Filming in Fenway was one of the greatest days I’ve ever had in my life, let alone my acting life,” Rudd said Friday. “I’m a baseball fan and was on hallowed ground. To be on the field, wearing the uniform, and playing somebody who is real, which is a new experience for me, was surreal.”
Actress Mila Kunis was celebrated as Woman of the Year on Jan. 25, the same day the 223-year-old group, known for comedic revues that feature men in drag playing female characters, said it would allow women to join its cast, starting next year.
Kunis, who has spoken out against sexism in the entertainment industry before, said she was “honored” to have been part of the program during its “year of change.”


Saudi rapper lands ‘Spies in Disguise’ gig

Qusai is a Saudi hip-hop artist. (Getty)
Updated 10 December 2019

Saudi rapper lands ‘Spies in Disguise’ gig

  • Qusai will voice the main character who is played by Will Smith in the original version of the film

DUBAI: The local version of the animated film “Spies in Disguise” is set to release across cinemas in the Gulf Cooperation Council states, and will feature the voices of Saudi hip hop artist Qusai alongside Lebanese TV presenter Raya Abirached on Dec. 26.

Lebanese TV presenter Raya Abirached will voice the supporting role. (AFP)​​

Qusai will voice the character of Lance Sterling, who is played by Will Smith in the original version of the film, with Abirached joining in a supporting role that will give Arab audiences the opportunity to listen to the film in their native language.

“As soon as I was approached to voice the character played by Will Smith in the original version, I felt an immediate connection. Lance Sterling is an incredible character with humor and wit and I really wanted to do the role justice,” Qusai said.

Qusai will voice the character of Lance Sterling. (Supplied)

“Spies in Disguise” follows two characters — super spy Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett — who are exact opposites.