Netflix ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Tackles the Mystery of Paul Rudd’s Refusal to Age
Half the gag of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer revival lies in actors having (visibly) aged an additional 14 years since the 2001 cult classic, despite playing the same characters on their First Day of Camp. Now, a new featurette for Netflix revival sees the cast reflecting on the decade-plus gap, including that mystery which eludes us all: Why doesn’t Paul Rudd age?
So notes Bradley Cooper in Netflix’s new behind-the-scenes featurette, as cast both new and old reflect on the legacy of Wet Hot American Summer, and returning to Camp Firewood after 14 years. The clip also offers a bit more insight into Star Trek lead Chris Pine’s role, as well as others from Mad Men alum John Slattery and In a World voice Lake Bell.
Serving as a prequel to the 2001 cult classic, First Day of Camp returns the expansive cast of Ant-Man star Rudd, Guardians of the Galaxy voice Bradley Cooper, Parks and Recreation lead Amy Poehler, The Hunger Games player Elizabeth Banks, Marry Me star Ken Marino, Law and Order: SVU legend Christopher Meloni, Janeane Garofalo, SNL alum Molly Shannon, Frasier star David Hyde Pierce, Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Ian Black, 30 Rock supporting player Judah Friedlander, Zak Orth, Marguerite Moreau, and Michael Showalter.
New recruits to Camp Firewood include Michael Cera, Weird Al, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Jason Schwartzman, John Slattery, In A World star Lake Bell, The Interview breakout Randall Park, Glee star Jayma Mays, Michaela Watkins, Rob Huebel, The Good Wife star Josh Charles, Richard Schiff, Paul Scheer and director David Wain himself.
The 8-episode series will act as a prequel to the original (despite actors being 14 years older), taking place on the First Day of Camp, as opposed to the 2001 film’s last. Wain and Showalter will also write and direct the new 8-episode follow-up, all episodes going online July 31.
Return to Camp Firewood by the above and below teasers, contemplate the mystery of Paul Rudd and count down the days to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on July 31.
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