By Aly Semigran
September 14, 2011 at 06:34 PM EDT

It’s a real bummer that Our Idiot Brother opened in theaters on a weekend in which so many people — including most residents of New York City — couldn’t get to the movies on account of Hurricane Irene. The little-seen movie turned out to be a sweet family comedy that was funny, sincere, surprisingly moving, and one that, yet again, showcased Paul Rudd‘s talents. And this time around, some of his, well other assets, too.

For those who did get a chance to check out the movie, you’ll recall that there’s a moment in which Rudd’s dopey, but well-meaning, “idiot brother” Ned brings in some extra income by posing nude for a painting. The always-delightful Rudd sat down with Chelsea Handler for Tuesday night’s Chelsea Lately to talk about that particular scene and what it was like filming it within very close proximity to the boom mic operator.

The actor re-enacted the scene with Handler (with pants on this time around), and outlined why he was unable to wear a protective thong during the shoot: Since he was curled up in a ball, any clothing would be clear on film. Unfortunately, he simply could not shield the eyes of boom mic operator hovering directly over him. As Rudd explained, the guy had a front-row view, “The only way he could stand … was [directly] in front of me.” Watch the full, fairly NSFW moment below and marvel how Rudd can even make the word “ta–t” sound charming:

Still, traumatized boom mic operators aside, Rudd admitted to Playboy in a recent interview (where he also told that particular story), that he’s a fan of male nudity, though, perhaps, not necessarily his own. As he told the mag, “I’ve been naked in a lot of my movies. There’s something inherently funny about the naked male body, particularly mine. Ryan Reynolds, sure, it makes sense why he’d strip down. But not me. I shouldn’t be allowed to.” (Let’s just agree to disagree, Paul!)

Rudd, who will next be seen — clothed — in Wanderlust (“Pretty thankful I got to keep my pants on for this one,” he said), stands by his decision to go buff, despite how embarrassing it may be. “A male ass shot is the cheapest and best laugh ever. But it’s mortifying to do. When I showed my butt in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, all I could think was, ‘This is going to be up on all those big screens.’ I was very self-conscious about doing it.”

Did you see Our Idiot Brother, PopWatchers? Will you now that you know Paul Rudd bares all? What do you think of male nudity in movies? Do you agree with Rudd that male nudity is used as “the cheapest laugh”? Share in the comments section below!

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