Disney's A Wrinkle in Time opened well at the box office in its first theatrical weekend, which looks like cause for celebration. The film has received ample praise for its diverse and eclectic cast, which includes Baskets star Zach Galifianakis as The Happy Medium. Galifianakis delivers a surprisingly emotional performance as the cosmic entity in the sci-fi adventure, and in a recent interview with CinemaBlend, the comedian revealed that he thought he wouldn't get cast in A Wrinkle in Time because of how emotional he got when he met director Ava DuVernay. As Galifianakis explained to us:
Right off the bat, Zach Galifianakis made sure to note that he wanted to work with Ava DuVernay from the very beginning. He had seen her work on 2016's 13th, and that set the tone of his anticipation to meet her. However, he got unexpectedly emotional while talking to her at dinner, and walked away not anticipating a job offer to star in the movie. Alas, despite his inability to keep it together, DuVernay opted to extend an offer to him.
Zach Galifianakis' meeting with Ava DuVernay sounds like an interesting encounter, and it raises a question as to why Galifianakis got emotional in the first place. On that note, The Hangover star continued in his interview with CinemaBlend and explained that DuVernay asked him questions and appealed to him on an emotional level that male directors never have. Galifianakis continued:
Of course, it's also arguably surprising that Zack Galifianakis got cast as The Happy Medium in A Wrinkle in Time because he's so fundamentally different from the character in the source material (though, in fairness, the movie makes a large number of changes to the novel as it is). In the original book, The Happy Medium is a woman with a far more pronounced happy-go-lucky sensibility. In the movie, the character has a more profound emotional core and an undercurrent of sadness. Given Galifianakis' emotional introduction to Ava DuVernay at their first meeting, perhaps that's what ultimately sealed the deal.
A Wrinkle in Time is now in theaters, so take a look at CinemaBlend's full review of the movie and our review roundup to see what critics are saying and check out the latest Disney offering for yourself!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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