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Late Night: Paul Rudd, Conan O'Brien and forbidden facial hair

August 18, 2011 |  9:25 am

Paul Rudd and Conan O'Brien

Paul Rudd: So funny.

During the actor's appearance on "Conan" Wednesday night, he and Conan O'Brien discussed everything from Rudd's uneasy affection for croissants and Porta-Potties to his brief (but documented) career as a tuxedo-jacket-and-shorts-wearing bar mitzvah deejay to the bushy beard he grew for his new film, "My Idiot Brother," in which he plays the title role.

After the film wrapped, Rudd shaved off the beard in stages, which he then photographed.

"When you shave a beard, you kind of have to go piecemeal," Rudd explained. "So you go with the sideburns then to the mustache and then you finally end with the Hitler … cause you can't really go anywhere after that. It's like wiping the last crumb away from a cookie."

However, as O'Brien pointed out, that's not really a look you can stick with for long.

"You can't," Rudd agreed, noting, "Isn't it weird? He ruined a look."

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-- Amy Reiter

Photo: Paul Rudd, left, and Conan O'Brien. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez /Getty Images and Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.

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