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I’ve the sense of humour of a kid: Zach Galifianakis

Says actor Zach Galifianakis, who plays the role of bureaucrat turned politician Marty Higgins in The Campaign

hollywood Updated: Sep 02, 2012 00:20 IST
Hindustan Times
Zach Galifianakis,The Campaign,Hindustan Times

He was a popular stand-up comedian for many years, but real fame eluded actor Zach Galifianakis till the time he won rave reviews for his hilarious role in the hit 2009 comedy, The Hangover. And now, with his latest comic caper, The Campaign, Zach, has once again been appreciated for a strong performance. The film, which lampoons modern American politics, sees Zach portray Marty Higgins, the tourism director for the town of Hammond, who becomes a politician in a contest against seasoned congressman Cam Brady, played by actor Will Ferrell.

As to his on-screen chemistry with Will, Zach says, “We share the same sense of humor, that of a four-year-old child!”

Since this movie is more of a political satire, what according to Zach, can people expect from it? “I think if people are laughing at the movie and they feel what we were going for is heightened reality, what we’ve come up with is not that heightened from reality. So, I think that’s kind of a sad, but funny state of affairs,” he says.

Ask him what he likes about politics and Zach, who has also appeared in films such as The Hangover Part II, Due Date, Dinner For Schmucks, among others, says, “I like watching debates, and I like when the debates get a little dumb and the crowd gets a little dumb. What I like in this movie is that the crowd or the masses get just as ridiculous as the candidates in some of the debates. It’s funny how we as a society can be so manipulated by the media and get behind things without giving it a ton of thought.”

First Published: Sep 01, 2012 18:10 IST