Ant-Man Paul Rudd Battles Stephen Hawking In A Game Of Quantum Chess, Narrated By Keanu Reeves

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Sometimes a video comes along that is so majestic that it defies explanation. Such was the case when David Hasselhoff kung fu kicked his way through the music video for True Survivor. And here we are again, this time with actor Paul Rudd gearing up to go against the great Steven Hawking in a game of Quantum Chess. I would have never before this day thought that those two names would be uttered in the same sentence -- Hawking and degrasse Tyson, sure. But Hawking and Rudd... fuhgetaboutit.

And for the icing on the cake, the YouTube video is marvelously narrated by none other than Keanu Reeves. Whoah! We won’t give too much of the video away as you need to see it for yourself, but let’s just say that it involves Rudd taking a crash course on quantum mechanics to bring himself up to par with the intellectually superior Hawking.

There are also plenty of in-jokes scattered throughout the video along with some pretty obvious product placements (hello, Apple). And we should note that the man sitting in the director’s chair for this spot was Alex Winter — the “Bill” to Keanu’s “Ted” in the 1989 flick Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

The video made its debut earlier this week at One Entangled Evening; an event in which Caltech discussed the past, present and future of quantum science. "We're determined that Caltech will stay at the forefront of physics in the future as it has in the past," said John Preskill, director of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, during the lead-up to the event. "This means we'll continue to explore matter at the smallest possible distance scales and the universe at the largest scales. These topics are just as exciting now as they've ever been."

Of course, Rudd knows a thing or two about science at the subatomic level (at least on Hollywood terms) due to his starring role in the movie Ant-Man, of which Hawking makes a hilarious reference to during the video. Be sure to watch the entire video and be prepared for a pretty wicked cameo towards the end — it’s well worth the 12 minutes that we’re sure you can spare on a Thursday evening.