Zach Galifianakis nurses his Hangover

Galifianakis talks about his new comedy The Hangover.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Zach Galifianakis nurses his Hangover

Zach Galifianakis is brief but that makes sense, because he has the best one-liners in The Hangover and he barely wears briefs in many scenes. On the morning after comic adventure, Galifianakis appears in a jock strap, simulates masturbation with an infant, and ultimately mimics an on screen blow job during the end credits. 

Crave Online: Was Alan the character you immediately thought you could play in this group?

Zach Galifianakis: No. I didn’t think that I could play it. The reason, it’s easy to play. When a role seems fun it’s easy to play. It kind of comes organically.  I play a character who’s a well intentioned moron who is kind of trapped in adolescence. He wants friends but can’t get any really, can’t get adult friends. My character is the brother of the bride so they feel obligated to bring him along. My character probably did a lot of LSD a few years ago and it’s probably burned a lot of holes in his brain.

Crave Online: How did you slip a blow job past the MPAA?

Zach Galifianakis: But that woman was seventy seven years old.  I think there’s an age where it becomes non-sexual.

Crave Online: Was that a prosthetic?

Zach Galifianakis: I don’t remember. I have to look at again to see what the size was. We were just talking about it. It didn’t match my skin color. It looks like a piece of taffy. I would never. To be honest I didn’t want to do the photo. It’s uncomfortable.

Crave Online: Well you were already in a jock strap in this movie.

Zach Galifianakis: I know. I didn’t want to do that either.

Crave Online: I thought you volunteered for that.

Zach Galifianakis: No. They wanted tighty-whiteys and I said, “I’ve seen that a thousand times in movies. Why don’t we do a jockstrap?”

Crave Online: And you masturbate a baby in this movie.

Zach Galifianakis: Yeah. I didn’t want to do that either. Can I tell you, that I came up with it but I didn’t want to do it. All of it I came up with but I didn’t want to do it. It’s funny privately, but in front of an American audience it’s embarrassing. I’m going to walk around airports and people are going to go, “Hey, you’re the guy who wears a jockstrap and jerks off babies.”

 

Crave Online: Did you go see any Vegas shows?

Zach Galifianakis: I saw The Beatles a couple of times. That was good. Then I saw Cher seventeen times.

Crave Online: Were you worried about the Tyson punch?

Zach Galifianakis: A little bit, yeah. I haven’t been hit since Leon Spinks hit me in ’92.

Crave Online: How instant was the chemistry for you guys?

Zach Galifianakis: It was pretty much there, don’t you think, Ed? Your name is Ed, right?

Crave Online: Any real life hangover stories?

Zach Galifianakis: I once woke up underneath my station wagon in a park with the engine still running. I don’t remember how I got there and then I told myself that I was gonna quit drinking. But that afternoon I got drunk again.

Crave Online: Have you been to many bachelor parties yourself?

Zach Galifianakis: I like to drink alone with some red wine in my bath-tub. I’m not really a party type guy.

Crave Online: Do you prefer movies or stand-up?

Zach Galifianakis: It’s difficult when you first start out because people can be really mean. I didn’t start with any confidence and if you don’t have any confidence in your own stage, the audience can smell it. Now it’s a little bit easier. I haven’t had anything thrown at me in a number of years so that’s nice.

There’s a lot of freedom on stage. It’s just you. And that can also be the detriment, that it’s just you. But the fact that you can be free and just say anything and you have this weird allowance that you can say things that might be not very PC or very popular but, through the guise of humor, you can kind of make people see it in a different way.