Chris Hemsworth’s Impact: How He Made Paul Rudd Reflect on Life While on Marvel Set


Paul Rudd, known for his role in leading the Ant-Man cast, underwent a challenging fitness regimen in an attempt to match up to the physical standards set by other MCU stars, particularly Chris Hemsworth’s impressive physique as Thor. Rudd’s efforts to attain a superhero-like body were met with frustration, leading him to question the purpose of his intense workout routine, especially when compared to Hemsworth.

In an episode of the Off Menu podcast, Rudd discussed the stringent diet he followed while preparing for his roles, noting that he would even regard sparkling water as a treat during that time—a testament to the strictness of his regimen.

Despite adhering to a disciplined diet, Rudd felt inadequate compared to his co-stars, particularly Hemsworth, especially when they were on the set of “Avengers: Endgame.” He described Hemsworth’s dedicated diet and workout routine, expressing a sense of futility and self-doubt by juxtaposing his efforts with Hemsworth’s remarkable physique.


Rudd shared, “I remember on Endgame, Chris Hemsworth would always have these Tupperware containers and he’s eating this gruel of just a mash of stuff. He’s working out, and then you stand next to a guy like that, and I just think: ‘Well, what’s the point of any of this?'”

Despite his struggles and feelings of inadequacy, Rudd admitted that he didn’t mind the diet itself and had no issue with consuming the repetitive and rather bland food as part of his regimen. Yet, even though he downplayed his efforts, Rudd’s acknowledgment of his physique didn’t diminish his resolve, jokingly claiming that he might bring back his beloved sparkling water once he returns to filming for Marvel’s Phase 5 and Phase 6 projects.

While Rudd’s self-deprecation is evident, it’s worth noting that he was named the Sexiest Man Alive in 2021, highlighting his appeal beyond just his physical appearance. Fans anticipate seeing Rudd in future MCU projects, including Avengers 5, and can enjoy a range of upcoming Marvel films and series, such as Deadpool 3, while waiting for his return.