Actor Paul Rudd has been playing a 15-year joke on talk show host Conan O’Brien by using the same footage. He always acts as if he’s about to show a real clip from the project he’s there to promote, but instead plays a truly ludicrous clip from the 1988 movie Mac and Me. Rudd doesn’t have a good explanation for it; he just finds it amusing, and he’s completely right. However, the actor recently disclosed that in the beginning, he had considered substituting a clip from the movie Baby Geniuses.
Rudd recently appeared with O’Brien on the Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast, where he discusses how he debated using a scene from a film that was released more than a decade ago:
“Another one that I’d been toying with was from the movie Baby Geniuses. I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie Baby Geniuses, but Baby Geniuses is another one of those movies that you watch and say, ‘Who was this made for?’ I don’t even know what the target audience is! Essentially, all babies know the secrets of the universe and can talk to one another before they turn two, before they forget it, and as they start to talk, it goes away…
The 1999 family comedy by Bob Clark
In a moment, a baby appears. I want to state that they have this super-baby in a lab. I don’t know how he got away, and now this group of thugs are attempting to find him and take the child. Then, they switch to a baby fighting a group of men, who are obviously being beat up as part of a stunt. As a result, I suppose that because the budget was so poor, the kid only does one hysterical laugh throughout the entire film. It’s been said a hundred times.