The current cinematic master of mirth, he helped make the R-rated, Vegas-trip-gone-bad comedy The Hangover a $240 million hit, thanks to his hilarious performance as a cluelessly offensive bachelor with twisted notions of decorum. Now as his star is rising, Zach Galifianakis is appearing in a kids’ movie, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, guinea-pig action flick G-Force. Playing a high tech guru for animals, he’ll be reaching a much younger audience that will not be seeing his raunchy breakout role for a few more years. The timing is purely coincidental but amusing nonetheless.
I recently sat down with Zach to chat one-on-one with him for Fandango, and I found him to be modest, funny, charming and totally willing to make fun of himself. He was taking his newfound fame in stride and enjoying the ride. He was also calm and cool at the G-Force press conference that day, serving up comical quotes at will.
One fun excerpt that did not make it into my story:
Q: You have had an interesting year in the movies. You’ve played opposite little co-stars like a baby and guinea pigs, and bigger supporting actors like a tiger and Mike Tyson. Which was the most difficult to work with?
A: The tiger in The Hangover was very, very difficult because it’s a tiger and you’re a couple feet away from it. When we were shooting the scenes he was chained, but the chain could maybe hold down a French bulldog, not a tiger, so it was very intimidating. But talking to guinea pigs that weren’t there was difficult, too.
At least all the time that Zach spent talking to himself in his high school cafeteria paid off with G-Force. Read the story, you’ll see what I mean.