The star acts as producer on Pee-wee's Big Holiday, the latest in a long string of TV shows and films based on the fictional childlike character. Actor Paul Reubens steps back into the shoes of his humorous alter ego after Judd did his utmost to get the star back on the silver screen.

"Well, Pee-wee Herman was one of my favourite characters of all time when I was a kid," the film expert told "I went and saw him (Paul) do stand-up at Carolines Comedy Club in New York in the early ’80s. I literally still have the photos I took that night and I showed them to Paul. I’ve always felt like we need more Pee-wee Herman movies, so when I heard he wanted to talk about it, I just said 'I’m going to put all of my energy into finding a way to make it happen.'

"I introduced him to (screenwriter) Paul Rust and they enjoyed writing together and it’s a really brilliant creation that makes people just deliriously happy. I think the loudest I’ve ever heard my wife (actress Leslie Mann) laugh is at Pee-wee Herman making noises with a balloon."

The movie is available to watch exclusively on Netflix, where Judd also streams his series Love. He enjoys being able to use the company as a platform for his projects as not only is it easily accessible, but it's also a safe bet when it comes to audience numbers.

"It's great because you don’t need 50 million people to watch something to support it and they can’t cancel you in the middle of a season," he laughed. "When you work for Network TV, they basically threaten to cancel you the whole time and it’s so nice to do this without the terror and they (Netflix) have such a great sense of humour and they’re excited about doing some unique projects. The Pee-Wee movie is something I wanted to do for a long time, but we needed someone supportive of the idea. Netflix gave us a nice budget and it’s like a big movie - it just happens to be on your TV."