Death By Éclair: How Paul Rudd Almost Killed Leslie Mann on ‘This is 40’

This is 40

If you’re going to die on the set of a movie, being smothered by an éclair and Paul Rudd’s mouth is without a doubt one of the best ways to bid adieu. However, This is 40 leading lady Leslie Mann reveals that her brush with death while filming the R-rated flick was actually quite scary.

“I felt like I couldn’t breathe, like I would die,” Mann says of the incident, which happened while filming one of the movie’s funniest scenes. SPOILER: She’s okay! (And for what it’s worth, Rudd promptly apologized for almost murdering his on-screen wife.)

Mann and Rudd’s Knocked Up-inspired characters, Debbie and Pete, attempt to rekindle the flame in their marriage with a romantic hotel getaway — complete with a luxurious pool, lavish suite, and a decadent medical marijuana cookie. To curb their munchies, the couple orders every delicious dessert on the room service menu. The result? A scene that was both hilarious to watch and dangerous for those involved.

Check out our full interview below to learn more about the dessert-loving stars’ day of binge eating and why milkshakes are just like bowling. Plus, just how similar is the character of Pete to This is 40 creator/director Judd Apatow? In the film, Pete threatens to hit a disgruntled Melissa McCarthy with his car after she insulted his wife. Would Apatow do the same for Mann, his real-life lady? Her answer may surprise you!

You can catch all the hilarity of This is 40 in theaters Friday, Dec. 21.

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[Photo Credit: Universal Pictures]


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