NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Who knew that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a Paul Rudd superfan?
Well, his admiration for the "Ant-Man" star paid off: The actor agreed, after being asked by Cuomo, to appear in a PSA launched Tuesday urging millennials to wear masks, as part of the "Mask Up America" campaign.
"I had met him at an event," Cuomo said Tuesday during an interview with Long Island News Radio with Jay Oliver. "I call him up and I said, 'you know can you do a PSA, a video, that really gets to young people?' And he's respectful, he's listening to me, 'yeah, yeah, yeah I can do that.' I said, 'you know you're funny. I think humor might do it,' because I've tried everything. I've begged, I've pleaded, I've threatened. I don't know what else to say."Cuomo continued, "So, Paul Rudd says, 'yeah, I can do it.' And then he does that video that says, 'Governor Cuomo called me up and asked me if I can do a message to Millennials. I'm 51 years old." I didn't know he was 51 years old. You know, he looks like a kid, doesn't he, Paul Rudd?"In the video, Rudd -- wearing a hoodie and an "NYC" hat and carrying a skateboard -- channels his inner millennial: "I was talking on the iPhone with my homie, Gov. Cuomo, and he's just going off about how us millennials need to wear masks because, get this, apparently a lot of COVID is transmitted by us millennials."Rudd continues, "So Cuomes asks me, he's like, 'Paul, you've got to help. What are you, like, 26?'" Rudd says in the video. "And I didn't correct him. So, fam, let's real-talk. Masks, they're totally beast. So, slide that into your DMs and Twitch it."
Cuomo said he has been trying to get through to young people the importance of wearing a mask."You know, my frustration is younger people," Cuomo said during the interview. "College kids coming back to college, they all want to have a party, they all want to drink. Younger people at protests, they're not wearing their masks, they think they're invincible. So, for months the great challenge is how to get to young people."
The video was produced in partnership with Paul Rudd and Sean Evans and in coordination with Jane Rosenthal, producer and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises. First We Feast and Complex Media assisted in the distribution of the video and by permitting use of their IP.