Zach Galifianakis isn’t your usual yuk-yuk comedian, which is part of what makes him so funny. Like a lot of great comedians, he seems to have a depressive, perfectionist streak. You’d think that could cause some conflicts when you become a big star in Hollywood, which is largely run by d-bags who don’t know whether something’s funny until the test audience laughs. According to a recent Galifianakis appearance on the comedy death-ray podcast, he may be in the midst of a conflict on the Hangover 2 set. Here’s what he said, as transcribed by Vulture:
“But a movie you’re acting in, you don’t have a lot of control — you just show up and vomit your lines out. I’m not the boss. I’m in a deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something. But I can’t get the guys to [listen] … I’m not making any leeway.” Galifianakis cut host Scott Aukerman off with an abrupt warning sound as the host began to mention the film’s title, but after Aukerman pressed, “I know you’re filming The Hhhhhhhh … ” Galifianakis admitted, “It has something to do with a movie I’m working on, yeah. I’ll tell you about it later. It’s very frustrating.”
Just to add smoke to the non-fire here, Galifianakis also had this to say about working on Due Date, another Todd Phillips movie:
PLAYBOY: Due Date features a soon-to-be infamous scene in which you and a pet dog named Sonny masturbate together. Does this count as your first cinematic sex scene?
GALIFIANAKIS: I would think so. To be honest, I am too much of a snob to think I would like to see that in a movie. I dislike any sex scene in movies. But this is a first for me, so I’m eager to see how people react. Is it high cinema? No. Would Lassie have done it? No. But the director, Todd Phillips, likes to push the envelope.
Basically, it sounds like Phillips and Galifianakis have done two movies in a row together now and they’re starting to have some creative differences. Seems only natural. Until Galifianakis rides off on an elephant to go meditate in the jungle like Tony Jaa, I wouldn’t worry. My only question, where were your deep protests on Dinner for Schmucks? Oh yeah sure, make me look like a jackass when I have to go demand my money back from the poor pimply kid behind the window. Nice work there, Neville Chamberlain.