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Paul Rudd And Jennifer Aniston Are The Tip Of The Rumoured Celeb Couple Iceberg We Forgot About

Wonder if Phoebe knows.

You learn a lot of new things everyday when you trawl the internet as part of your job. Apparently the original version of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy involved plane crashes and killer orangutans. Go figure.

Anyway, the latest thing to catch my attention is the rumour that Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston were a couple back in the day. Yeah, I was surprised too.

Before Paul became Phoebe’s squeeze on Friends, he and Jennifer starred together in the 1998 romcom The Object of my Affection. Rumour has it that the pair grew close during the filming of that movie and dated for a bit. Is there truth to this rumour or is it something people made up?

Naturally I had to investigate this further because it just seems so unexpected and yet it also kind of makes sense on paper. After some digging around, I discovered that Paul and Jennifer were both already in relationships when they filmed The Object of my Affection, just not with each other.

Sorry to disappoint.

Jennifer was apparently dating Tate Donovan while Paul was with his now-wife Julie Yaeger and has been since 1995. Just to put a kibosh on the rumour that the pair were an item, Gossip Cop reached out to Jennifer’s rep about the rumour and got a polite “no they did not date”.

There you go, Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston did not in fact date in the 90s. I’m actually kind of disappointed about this because the rumour originally blew my mind and I had a bunch of Friends jokes lined up that I had to scrap.

Just a little.

I’m willing to bet that this is something Paul and Jennifer laugh over whenever they find themselves working on projects together. We’ll probably never know the truth but hey, this whole rumour thing was a fun ride while it lasted.

Mark Wahlberg Should Worry His Dodgy Past Instead Of Regretting His Movie Choices

If you're going to regret your movie choices, at least go with something believable like Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Everyone has regretted something they’ve done or said in the past, whether it’s folding instead of scrunching, accidentally sending an embarrassing message, or listening to a heap of Elvis Presley before realising what a creep he was.

For Mark Wahlberg, he regrets being in Boogie Nights. You know, the critically-acclaimed Paul Thomas Anderson film that is considered a classic and gave him his big dramatic break in Hollywood.

He says it’s all because of his Catholic faith and how he doesn’t want to explain to his kids why he’s in a film about porn. Uh huh. Well this excuse isn’t quite up there with flat earthers defending their beliefs but not too far off it either.

Look Mark, we all regret some of the work we’ve done in the past but perhaps you should worry about your past choices than your movie roles. Let’s list some of them, shall we?

Remember that time you beat up two Vietnamese men while shouting racist slurs at them?

Or the times when you thought it was a good idea to throw rocks at black children while chanting “kill the n******”?

What about when you decided to fracture your neighbour’s jaw in an attack that was completely unprovoked?

That was a few decades ago when you were a younger man and I’d like to think you would’ve grown up a bit since then since you’ve got kids and found Jesus. But then you just had to try and get that 2014 pardon for your past convictions.

Nothing screams redemption than trying to get formal public recognition that you’re a good person while highlighting that it is possible to erase your dodgy past if you’re a wealthy white man.

Bold strategy, champ. At least you had the decency to drop the request… two years later.

Maybe stick to things like making weird comments about how you think you could’ve stopped 9/11, glorifying recent tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing by making films about them and inserting yourself as the (fictional) hero character, or making shows like Entourage, Ballers and Wahlburgersas some kind of wish fulfillment fantasy.

And if you just had to regret a movie role you did in the past, at least make it somewhat believable like Transformers: Age of Extinction or Ted 2 and not a movie that consistently makes “greatest films of all time” lists.

Today I Learned: Anchorman: Legend Of Ron Burgundy Was Originally Like Cast Away On Crack

Not quite as classy as San Diego.

It’s a little hard to believe but Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy turns 15 this year and yet the film still feels as fresh as the smell of Brian Fantana’s cologne.

But for all the crazy trident throwing and outlandish fights between San Diego’s top news teams, there was a point in time where the idea of Anchorman was even crazier than what we got and involved a bizarre combination of plane crashes, throwing stars and deadly orangutans.

Chatting on The Bill Simmons Podcast (via EW), Will Ferrell revealed that his and Adam McKay’s original, incredibly outrageous idea for Anchorman was set in 1976 and involved newsmen from around the country flying in to Philadelphia for a big convention.

Ron somehow convinces the pilot that he can fly the jet and he immediately clips a cargo plane carrying orangutans and Chinese throwing stars before crashing it in the mountains.

The movie then turns into a bonkers survival story where all the newsmen are trying to find civilisation but are getting picked off one by one by the orangutans, who are now armed with the throwing stars.

It honestly sounds like someone watched Cast Away while high and decided to write their own version of the movie, and the result was this first version of Anchorman.

But as amazing as that idea was, the movie studios weren’t biting and Ferrell said it was rejected 10 times in one day. Can’t imagine why the suits didn’t go for the idea.

Even acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson, who really wanted to help Ferrell and McKay get a movie made, thought their Anchorman idea was weird and told them to tone it down just a tad.

It’s a bit of a shame we never got to see the Channel 4 news team take on deadly orangutans with hand grenades and bottles of Sex Panther but let’s not lose all hope just yet.

Anchorman 2 came out in 2013, nine years after the first. If they decide to make another sequel, they already have a slam dunk idea in the can. Bring on Anchorman 3: Ron vs the Orangutans in 2022 and remember to stay classy, San Diego.

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