While filming Ant-Man, in theaters Friday, the actor tried—and failed—to recreate one of the actress' most iconic movie scenes while filming a scene of his own with their mutual co-star, Michael Douglas. Rudd, 46, recalled the embarrassing incident during an appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show Monday.
"He's the coolest. He's great. He's a legend. As great as he is, I could never, ever shake the fact that I was working with Michael Douglas. It's intimidating, and he's so nice," Rudd explained. "I didn't want him to think that I couldn't be myself, and I thought, 'I'm really going to try to be buddy-buddy with the guy.'"
"It was his last day and we were doing a close-up, and I thought, 'You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to Basic Instinct him.' When he's speaking I'm sitting in a chair across from him and I'm going to do the classic [leg crossover]. I didn't tell him. I didn't tell anybody! I get to set and they're getting ready. I'm wearing a T-shirt and jeans, so I unzip my pants and I get it over and out. I'm like, 'This is going to be great!'" Rudd told Jimmy Fallon. "So I had to pull my shirt down so I wasn't exposed. Then I figured I'm going to sit down and when the scene starts and I'm going to lift my shirt up and just be there like this."
"The one thing I didn't take into account is that when I sat down, the waistband of my boxers was just going to push it up and back in. So, I knew it. You couldn't see anything, so I'm trying to pull my shirt down, trying to get it out, and he's doing his lines, giving you nothing. Just really, a total pro. I'm really trying. I should have just stopped but it didn't and it looked like I was basically pleasuring myself to Michael Douglas giving a monologue. And I'm covering it and then he just stopped and he just looked at me and said, 'What are you, a f--cking pervert?' No smiles," Rudd said of his co-star's reaction. "I was like, 'Oh, I'm so sorry. I was trying to Basic Instinct you. I thought it'd be great.' He just went, 'Oh. OK.'"