Paul Rudd at a press event
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Paul Rudd Befriends 12-Year-Old Whose Classmates Wouldn't Sign Yearbook

The Hollywood scene is full of controversy and drama, but Paul Rudd seems to be one actor who everyone likes. Rudd is clearly a good guy, and a recent story shows us just how big-hearted he is.

A 12-year-old felt isolated and alone after most of his classmates refused to sign his yearbook. After hearing about it, Rudd had a big surprise in store.

This story began back in May.

Image of a yearbook page signed by few students
Facebook | Cassandra Cooper

Cassandra Cooper shared this image of her son Brody Ridder's year-end yearbook. In a caption, she wrote:

"My poor son. Doesn’t seem like it’s getting any better. 2 teachers and a total of 2 students wrote in his yearbook. Despite Brody asking all kinds of kids to sign it. So Brody took it upon himself to write to himself. My heart is shattered Teach your kids kindness."

It was an alienating experience for Brody.

A school classroom, full of students
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While Brody's classmates ignored his requests, a group of older students stepped up to make Brody feel more welcome. It was a lovely gesture by the upperclassmen, and an article about it attracted the attention of Paul Rudd.

Rudd took it on himself to befriend Brody.

Paul Rudd at the World Premiere of Marvel's Ant-Man
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Rudd called Brody up on FaceTime.

"I heard about you. I'm like, 'I gotta talk to this kid because this kid sounds like my kind of guy,'" Rudd said to Brody. "Likes chess, likes fencing, likes dinosaurs, am I right? Well, I'm very excited that I get to talk to you and I get to meet you."

He truly went the extra mile.

Note written by Paul Rudd for boy whose classmates wouldn't sign his yearbook
Facebook | Cassandra Cooper

As if a FaceTime with one of Hollywood's biggest stars wasn't enough, Rudd followed up on the call with this handwritten note, shared to Facebook by Brody's mom. The note is basically a pep talk, and is likely something that Brody will treasure forever.

Wait, there's more.

Autographed Ant-Man helmet gifted by Paul Rudd for boy whose classmates wouldn't sign his yearbook
Facebook | Cassandra Cooper

As you can see, Rudd sent along an Ant-Man helmet (remember, Rudd plays Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). The helmet looks like the real deal, and comes complete with some words of encouragement and an autograph from Rudd himself.

It's for Brody "when he takes on the world."

Autographed Ant-Man helmet gifted by Paul Rudd for boy whose classmates wouldn't sign his yearbook
Facebook | Cassandra Cooper

You can tell how touched both Brody and his mom are by Rudd's kind gestures.

"Guys, more tears," wrote Cassandra. "Paul Rudd is an amazing human being. Brody and Paul are on texting terms now."

Yep, texting terms.

Text exchange between Paul Rudd and boy whose classmates wouldn't sign his yearbook
Facebook | Cassandra Cooper

You can see that Rudd let Brody know via text that something was on the way. We now know that the something was the autographed Ant-Man mask and the kind note. I'd say Paul Rudd has earned his spot as Brody's favorite superhero.

It's an incredibly kind gesture.

Autographed Ant-Man helmet gifted by Paul Rudd for boy whose classmates wouldn't sign his yearbook
Facebook | Cassandra Cooper

It seems like a minor miracle that a random newspaper article about a disillusioned 12-year-old would attract the attention of Paul Rudd, but that's exactly what happened. Maybe no one signed Brody's yearbook, but he got something far better in the end.

Paul Rudd: good guy.

Paul Rudd at a press event
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It's just another example of Paul Rudd being his likable, affable self. His gesture to Brody has made a big impression on the 12-year-old. What do you think of this story? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!