Zach Galifianakis has been a stand-up comedy star in Hollywood for over a decade, appearing in several TV shows and movies. But it was 2009’s cult comic hit The Hangover that catapulted him into the spotlight for his hilarious turn as the socially-awkward weirdo, Alan.
As his first-big budget comedy after The Hangover, Dinner For Schmucks, hits the theatres, Galifianakis puts out word in his first interview in India that if Bollywood is remaking The Hangover, he should be given a call! "I would reprise my role in the Indian version of The Hangover, for sure," he says. "I cannot sing, but I’m a very good free style dancer. I’m not kidding! I’d love to do it."
Bollywood’s version of the comedy is rumoured to star Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh and Paresh Rawal in Galifianakis’ role. It is to be directed by Anees Bazmee, and produced by Firoz Nadiadwala.
Though Galifianakis isn’t aware of these actors and reveals that the only ‘Indian’ film he’s seen is Indiana Jones, he has a strong India connect. Dinner For Schmucks, directed by Meet The Parents director Jay Roach, is the first movie that’s a result of the tie-up by Anil Ambani’s Reliance with Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks.
Galifianakis is counting on Ambani to bring him to India: "I hope Reliance can make it happen! India is a place I’ve always wanted to go. I’d love to be in a film shot there... I don’t care what it is!"
Speaking about his film, Galifiankis jokes that he had to sleep with the director to land a role in it. “And after I slept with him, he told me that 12 other people are in charge of it, so I had to sleep with them as well,” he says.
“That’s because I had nothing in common with my character — except for the handsomeness. Of course, after that I auditioned, and then got the role.”
In Dinner For Schmucks, the actor plays Therman, an IRS officer, who believes he can control people’s minds. Ask him his inspiration behind the ‘weird dude’ act he perfected in The Hangover, and he says, “I don’t think I am weird in the movies. If you ask me, guys who have two cell phones are weird. Or guys who spent a third of their lives in an office are weird. I, on the other hand, am free.”
At the same time, Galifianakis does admit that he may have been typecast in his comic roles. “That’s the nature of the Hollywood machine,” he says. “It stinks, but you fight for other kinds of roles.”
But the actor, who’ll next be seen opposite Robert Downey Jr in The Hangover director Todd Phillips’ Due Date, says that in spite of the stereotypes, his life has changed for good now — even though it has drastic consequences. “Everything’s different after The Hangover. For example, the other day, my four-year-old niece asked me if she could borrow $12,000 from me!”