Jason Segel and Paul Rudd are the latest celebs to pay tribute to the late Neil Peart.
Just last week, the beloved drummer and lyricist for the Canadian rock band Rush sadly passed away after a battle with brain cancer. Since the news broke, public figures from the music and acting world have been sharing their condolences and Jason Segel and Paul Rudd are now doing the same.
In a statement to Rolling Stone on Saturday, the actors shared some heartfelt words about Peart.
“When I first met Neil, I was intimidated as I certainly knew him to be a serious and private person,” said Rudd. “Within two minutes, we were cracking up and quoting lines from ‘Team America’. I’m missing him as I write this. Being the greatest drummer on the planet was only a part of Neil. He was a thunderbolt of a human being, and he’ll live forever.”
“I’m so sad to hear about Neil Peart’s passing,” Segel added. “Drumming to ‘The Spirit of Radio’ was one of my happiest moments. Getting to know Neil even the tiniest bit, and gush with Rudd about our love for Rush, will be something I remember forever. He was an amazing talent and a good man. We will miss you Neil.”
Both Rudd and Segel played Rush superfans in the comedy “I Love You, Man” in 2009. The film even featured appearances by Peart and his bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. However, this wasn’t Rudd’s first time portraying a Rush fan on the screen. Nick, Rudd’s character on “Freaks and Geeks” also loved the Canadian rock band and referred to Peart as the “greatest drummer alive.”