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Zach of all trades

hollywood Updated: May 27, 2011 01:47 IST
Robin Bansal
Robin Bansal
Hindustan Times
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Hollywood funnyman Zach Galifianakis, 41, is moving over Vegas and Bangkok to bring his famous social awkwardness from The Hangover series to Bollywood.

“I would love too, but the director and choreographer will have a hard time teaching me dance,” he says, adding, “Bollywood is huge in Hollywood, too.” A visible foodie, Galifianakis says, “I love the tandoori meat platter in the Indian restaurant near my house,” and doesn’t rule out India on his travel wishlist. “I would love to visit India to see the Taj Mahal and also go to the Himalayas,” he says.

Reprising his role as Alan Garner in The Hangover: Part II which opens today, the absent-minded member of the Wolfpack has gone bald for his part this time.

“I loved my bald look. It helped me stay cool while shooting in the Bangkok heat,” he says, admitting he loved the filming. “It was fantastic! It was like going for a vacation to Thailand … shooting in Bangkok was altogether a different but great experience. Like Vegas, this time, too, it got pretty wild. And Alan is up to something crazy in the sequel too,” he says.

Not many know that the cast and crew had severe stomach problems too while shooting in Bangkok. “Yeah, a lot of people did fall sick including Ed (Helms) and Todd (Phillips). I don’t really know what triggered the infection,” he says. While he shot with Mike Tyson’s tiger in Part I, this time it gets wacky with a monkey.

“Shooting with Crystal (the monkey) was great, like it was with the tiger in Part I,” he says and adds, “I hope the audiences in India and across the globe like the film.” Ask him the obvious. So will there be a third sequel to The Hangover too?

“I hope so. Todd (Phillips) is very keen on the third and the final part,” he says. So is he as witty and wacky in real life too? “I am a comedian, that's my profession. I pay my rents by churning out new jokes. And these are tested on people around me - family, friends, nosey journalists, fans and lots of strangers,” he says.

Factfile
Hang-over Zach…
Origianal name: Zacharius Knight Galifianakis
Age: 41
Occupations: Stand-up comedy, film, TV, music
Debut: The King and Me (1999)
Known for: Comedy Central Presents, The Hangover, Dinner for Schmucks, Due Date
Latest flick: The Hangover: Part II
Future project: Puss in Boots (voiceover)