Paul Rudd has appeared on a Conan O'Brien-hosted television show many times, whether that was Late Night or The Tonight Show at NBC, or on the current TBS series Conan. Rudd is usually promoting a movie during those guest appearances, and as is customary, he often brings a clip from the film.
Except Rudd has been playing the same prank on O'Brien for years and years: pulling a bait-and-switch when it comes time to play the clip. Instead of rolling a clip from the film he's promoting, Rudd plays a ridiculous sequence from MAC and Me, an obscure 1988 film that shamelessly attempted to piggyback on the success of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and was basically a 99-minute McDonald's commercial.
Rudd was one of the guests on last night's episode of Conan, and both he and O'Brien discussed the long-running gag. Rudd noted that Marvel Studios would be very unhappy if he pulled the same shenanigans with Ant-Man, a piece of the company's multibillion-dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So Rudd went ahead and played an Ant-Man clip featuring his character, Scott Lang; Hank Pym (Michael Douglas); and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly).
"You were right about the effects; they are spectacular," O'Brien deadpanned.
Ant-Man is now in theaters.