Paul Rudd with a beard for ‘My Idiot Brother’

by Daniel Haim

Yes, that’s Paul Rudd. He grew a beard for a new movie he’s playing called ‘My Idiot Brother’.

My Idiot Brother is an upcoming film directed by Jesse Peretz and starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer. The script was written by Evegenia Peretz and David Schisgall based on Jesse and Evgenia Peretz’s story, and tells of an idealistic man who intrudes and wreaks havoc in each of his three sisters’ lives.

The film was co-produced by Anthony Bregman, Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub, and came into production unusually quickly for an independent film; principal photography had ended less than four months after the script was picked up by the producers. Filming took place over six weeks, primarily in various parts of New York City. The film will have its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and is scheduled for release in 2011.