With just days to go before the much-anticipated release of The Hangover Part II, ComingSoon.net is bringing you a week of exclusive interviews with the cast and crew. If you missed yesterday’s, please check out our first conversation with writer/director Todd Phillips by clicking here.
Though he’s been a comic for more than a decade, Zach Galifianakis became a household name with the role of Alan Garner in the first The Hangover. Reprising the part for the sequel, Zach re-teams with Bradley Cooper’s Phil and Ed Helms’ Stu as the action moves from Las Vegas to Bangkok.
ComingSoon.net sat down with the actor to talk about maintaining Alan’s childlike persona for a second film, the sometimes-subtleties of comic delivery and how he’s been dealing with increasing Hollywood fame.
Please be aware, the below interview does contain some minor spoilers:
ComingSoon.net: I’m sure a lot of people have been asking you about the shaved head, but was it your idea and how comfortable were you with shaving it?
CS: One of my favorite sequence in the film was the dream/flashback sequence that shows the whole cast as little kids. I talked about it with Todd and it didn’t even occur to me before that that those kids had to be in Thailand for the whole production. Did you get to interact at all with the mini-Alan?
CS: Before seeing the film, I had seen the trailer over and over and there’s a bit where you’re in the car and shout, “Oh my word!”. I missed it, the first few times, how funny the phrasing there is and now it just cracks me up. I think that’s a really good example of how your humor works and one of the reasons the first film has a lot of re-watch-ability. Is that natural for you or do you target jokes expecting them to grow on people?
CS: And there’s the sense that it gets perpetuated because everyone treats him, in turn, like a child.
CS: Do you keep track of interesting phrases when you’re out in the world or does it just click when you’re performing?
CS: The first film really opened up the whole world to you and your comedy —
[Zach sighs and slams his head down on the phone in front of him]
Galifianakis: Oh, wait. I was hoping to get [the dial tone].
[He tries again, sighing as he slams his head into the phone, setting off the dial tone.]
Galifianakis: (laughs) I mean, it’s a drag. I’m not good with it. As a comic, it’s anti-comedy to be known. I think a lot of comedic actors get lost in this world of Hollywood and all this stuff. They lose what brought them there in the first place. I’m very trepidatious about it. I just don’t want it to happen. That’s part of the reason that I don’t like to be in this town that much. You get swallowed up in it. There’s tracking and all this stuff that people get caught in. I keep my distance as much as I can.
CS: Does it make you want to radically change things or do you just feel like you’re going to keep doing what you want to do and let other people worry if they don’t like it?
The Hangover Part II hits theaters this Thursday, May 26th.