In the glorious season 2 finale of “Only Murders in the Building,” Paul Rudd appeared in a surprise cameo when the show jumps forward in time to set up the murder mystery whodunnit that will most likely dominate season 3. His relationships and past history with the other characters will be revealed, and will probably show how his character Ben Glenroy wound up being the lead in Oliver Putnam’s (Martin Short) Broadway comeback.
For Rudd, who has just finished working on “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” with two other acting icons in Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer, getting the chance to act with Steve Martin and Martin Short represented the top of the mountain for him. “Surreal doesn’t even cover it,” Rudd told EW. “For a comedy fan like myself, Martin Short and Steve Martin, that’s Mount Rushmore. I mean, truly hero worship. To get to work with them, I still kind of can’t believe it.”
If you’ve seen both comedy icons on their recent national tour together, they look like a comedy team that’s been together for decades, harkening back to the glory days of double acts like Martin & Lewis or Nichols and May. Season 3 of “Only Murders in the Building” just began filming in January and, thus far, Rudd has only worked on the show “a couple of days,” giving him just enough time to witness Martin and Short’s incredible chemistry together. “It’s hilarious,” Rudd said. “It’s just constant insults. To just hear them knock each other but there’s so much love between those guys. […] It’s just so fun to have a front row seat to all of that.”
Filming in New York City should wrap in April, with season 3 hopefully premiering sometime in late summer or early fall.