Saying Goodbye: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms And Zach Galifianakis Talk The End Of The Hangover Movies

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-05-22 23:10:33discussion comments
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So much of Alan is the heart of this movie, and heís been essentially a likable guy. People root for him in his dysfunction. This one called for you to be objectionable from square one. It had gone over some weird edge. How did you approach it?

Galifianakis: You mean the beginning with the death of his father?

Well, absolutely. The dissociative reaction to the death of his father.

Galifianakis: Itís embarrassing, but I donít overthink things too much when I work. I think that might be evident to a lot of people. As far as Alan goes, in the previous two movies, he is so random and can say anything and it doesnít even have to make sense, and I think he was just there. Heís there to interject some one liners. With this one, since there is a couple of things that happen to him, meaning the death of his father and the tragedy of a highway, you do have to consider those beats in the script and track that in your mind as far as showing a twinge of him being vulnerable. Also the emotion with Melissa McCarthy. Itís fun for me to couple emotion with comedy. I think it helps comedy. I think a lot of times American comedies donít play on emotion too much. They go for the joke, and what I like about Todd, and Todd and I did this in Due Date, is we kind of wanted to pull at the heartstrings. Just enough for it to be a bit more real, where Alanís not just a joke. If that answers your question.
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