Zach Galifianakis needs no ‘Hangover’ cure
BY CINDY PEARLMAN May 19, 2011 7:46PM
Bradley Cooper (from left), Ken Jeong, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis have all returned for “The Hangover Part II.”
Updated: August 20, 2011 12:33AM
He’s still experiencing his own success hangover and science has no cure. Advil will not work. Neither will a cold washcloth to the noggin.
What does it feel like to be Zach Galifianakis right now?
“It still feels fat,” says the comic actor who’s co-starring in one of the summer’s most anticipated films, “The Hangover Part II,” opening Friday.
“Honestly, I’m still the same old Zach. My life feels the same. I just forget that I’m in movies. I still feel like it will never happen for me and then I realize, it is happening.”
He says stardom has been a strange beast.
“It’s not a major inconvenience,” he insists. “But it is strange to see people walk up to your home and put things through my mailbox. They seem to know everything about me, which is strange, because I don’t talk that much about me. And I don’t know them. Yet, they’re at my house.”
The film shoot took the actors to Bangkok, Thailand, where they shot six days a week for nine weeks. “It was sheer exhaustion,” Galifianakis says.
Co-star Ed Helms concurs: “People would ask us the same thing they did about Vegas: ‘Did you guys go out and get wild on your days off?’ The answer was we couldn’t wait to go to our respective rooms and sleep and then order a meal.”
There’s a lot of pressure filming a sequel to the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time with a worldwide take of $467 million. The story this time around has Helms’ character, Stu, getting married, which means it’s his time for a crazy weekend with schoolteacher buddy Phil (Bradley Cooper) and crazy misfit Alan (Galifianakis). They don’t lose Doug (Justin Bartha) this time but instead “misplace” Stu’s future brother-in-law (Mason Lee). There’s also a monkey on board who chain-smokes.
“It was an intense shoot to say the least,” says Cooper, who adds, “You hear that Bangkok is a crazy, frenzied place, but I don’t think you get it until you experience it for yourself. It made for a very honest, frantic feeling that we needed on the screen.”
As for the casting rumors, Cooper recently shot down that Charlie Sheen and Bill Clinton were doing cameos.
“It’s interesting how these things spread,” he says, noting the former president did stop by the set because he was coincidentally in Thailand giving a speech and he was a fan of the original “Hangover.” Cooper says it was “a thrill,” but he’s not in the movie.
“It’s so amazing that this film hit so big,” says Galifianakis. “I remember when we were doing the first film and everyone thought, ‘Oh, this is just some little fun comedy.’ No one even knew us when we were running around Vegas. No one cared. Now, I get press people who ask me: ‘Who do you hang out with that’s famous?’”
And the answer?
“Three of the members from the band DeBarge,” Galifianakis jokes. “Honestly, I don’t hang out with famous people.”
Not exactly true — he is pretty good pals with Cooper.
“It’s true Bradley is a good friend,” he says. “He likes to come over to my house and take naps, which I find weird.”
He says the two don’t mull over issues like getting $20 million for “Hangover 3.”
“I don’t talk to Bradley about that stuff. I do talk to him about beauty tips,” he says. “It’s his fault that he’s a pretty boy.”
In the end, he says a big opening weekend for “Hangover 2” will mean that his fame will just grow in the ways he wants it to mature.
“Right now, I can get a really good table at Arbys,” he says. “If this works, maybe it will be a great table at Olive Garden.”
Does he splurge on himself?
“I don’t spend money. I’m happy with a 1998 Subaru until we do ‘Hangover 6.’”
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