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I’m a romantic

Actor Justin Bartha promises more chaos in comedy The Hangover II that hits theatres today and says that he’d rather have his bachelor party at Pizza Hut than in Las Vegas.

hollywood Updated: May 27, 2011 15:44 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times

Actor Justin Bartha is quite unlike his character Doug Billings in the hit The Hangover. He’d rather have his bachelor party at Pizza Hut than in Las Vegas. Now ready to take on the sequel, he says, “There’s added pressure because the first one became a worldwide hit and people all over the world loved it. So, we really put in effort to make the second one not seem like we’re just out there to make money.”

One night in Bangkok
This time, Doug will take off to Bangkok with his eccentric bunch of friends. And Justin promises viewers will see a lot more chaos. “Everything you could think of that could go wrong, does,” laughs the actor. With the poker-faced Zach Galifianakis around and at his best, Justin feels it’s quite a task to “be on your toes. He’s one of the funniest guys on the planet and is incredibly witty,” he says. Incidentally, Justin’s career began as a production assistant on Analyze This.

He got noticed first as Riley Poole in National Treasure. But remind him that he’s picked films that lean mostly towards romantic comedies, and Justin agrees, “I do like romantic movies, not essentially comedies, but I like them because I’m a romantic.” Ask him if he’s playing safe and he defends, “I like to do as many different things as an actor as possible. But if people see you playing one role, it’s a hard thing to try to play a different one and convince them.”

An out-and-out theatre lover, Justin likes to dabble with stage acts now and then. “Theatre gives a solid sense of what it is really like to work as an actor,” he says, hinting at his interest in intelligent cinema in the same vein, as he adds, “I love movies and, like most people, I went through phases. So, at one time, I watched all horror movies, then I got addicted to Woody Allen and Martin Scorcese films, and then moved on to old Italian and neo-realist movies.”

Justin even rattles off Bollywood names with equal ease and thinks our actresses are “beautiful”. “Kareena Kapoor and Manisha Koirala are beautiful. Among actors, I’ve seen films of Shah Rukh Khan, John Abraham and Govinda,” Justin says, adding, “I’d love to do an Indian film. Please spread the word.”

First Published: May 27, 2011 14:03 IST