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The “Vacation” release date is almost a week away and “Thor: Ragnarok” star Chris Hemsworth’s bulge, as seen in one the film remake’s trailers, has been explained, thanks to Ed Helms.
In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, Helms said, “That scene with the underwear sight gag, I think people look at that and kind of quickly assume, ‘Oh it’s funny because of the underwear sight gag,’ but it’s not.”
“That’s not why it’s funny; it’s funny because of Chris’ performance,” explained Helms, who plays Rusty Griswold in the adventure comedy directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.
When it comes to deciding on how far to go with Hemsworth’s bulge, Helms said the “Vacation” film’s creative team had a lot of discussions about “what is funny” and “when does it go from funny to horrifying.”
Helms pointed out that he was not part of those discussions but he happened to think that the “Vacation” film’s creative team nailed it. He said that he could barely make it through filming the “Vacation” underwear scene with Hemsworth’s bulge, which he said is “exactly what it should be” whatever it is.
“I hope we see him do a lot more comedy,” Helms said of Hemsworth, who is also set to do another reboot, the all-female “Ghostbusters,” in 2016. In 2017, Hemsworth will star in “Thor: Ragnarok,” which will also star “Blind Spot” star Jamie Alexander, MTV reported.
Along with Helms and Hemsworth, “Vacation” also stars Leslie Mann, Elizabeth Gillies, Michael Pena, Christina Applegate, Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, among others. The film is set to premiere on July 29.
Owen Wilson has closed a deal to join Ed Helms in Bastards, a comedy being produced by Alcon and the Montecito Picture Company.
Larry Sher, the cinematographer behind The Hangover comedies, is making his directorial debut with the project, which is heading towards a September start in Atlanta.
The script by Justin Malen centers on two brothers whose mother who slept with many, many, many famous men in the 1970s heyday of the Studio 54 scene. When they find out that their biological father is still alive, the two hit the road to find him.
Alcon is financing Bastards and the company’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Montecito’s Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock and Ali Bell. Chris Fenton and Chris Cowles are executive producing.
The worlds of Hollywood and sports collide at the ESPY Awards, ESPN’s annual ceremony that recognizes athletic achievement and other sports-related performance.
This year, The Soup comedian Joel McHale will host the awards show alongside a huge cast of presenters, including Mike Epps (Survivor’s Remorse), Julie Foudy(analyst/retired professional soccer player), Ed Helms (Vacation), Andre Iguodala(Golden State Warriors), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Chris Long (St. Louis Rams), Danica Patrick (NASCAR driver), Richard Sherman (Seattle Seahawks),Britney Spears, Kiefer Sutherland, Vince Vaughn and J.J. Watt (Houston Texans).
An even bigger cast of celebrities will be in attendance.
Some of the ceremony’s most prestigious awards include Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete and the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
There’s sure to be lots of laughs and good times, but also more serious and reverent moments. We’re in good hands with McHale leading the way.
Meanwhile the funnyguy is still busy with The Soup and is a producer on the upcoming show The Comment Section.
Ed Helms, star of this July’s Vacation remake, met Jacob Tilove and Ian Riggs back when he was an Oberlin undergrad. They bonded the way college lads do: over drinking, jokes, and jamming as a bluegrass ensemble. When fate brought them to New York City, Helms, Tilove, and Riggs formalized their extracurricular as The Lonesome Trio and became regulars at Manhattan’s Parkside Lounge.
Occupations took them in different directions over the years—Helms went off to Hollywood to become a movie star—but the trio persisted. Whenever they got together, they picked up their banjo, mandolin, and bass (respectively) to unearth their sweet, melodious repertoire.
Twenty-two years later, The Lonesome Trio finally has an album (simply titled The Lonesome Trio). Speaking to Esquire by phone, Helms says there’s no particular reason why it took so long, this is just how show business works. One day you’re swamped, the next you’re sitting at home waiting for the next project to get greenlit, then, all of a sudden, you’re cutting an album with two college buddies, because why not? Here, Helms reflects on the early days, shares The Trio’s whiskeys of choice, and explains where his bluegrass and acting lives meet.
The Internet features more than its share of negativity and snark—sometimes you’ve just gotta vent. But there’s plenty of room for love, too. WithFan Up, we ask pop-culture people we admire to tell us about something they really, really like.
The fan: Though he’s best known for his acting roles in everything from The Office to the upcoming Vacation, Ed Helms also dabbles in music, having played the banjo for years. His bluegrass band, The Lonesome Trio, formed while all three members were at Oberlin College, and the group released its self-titled debut earlier this week on Sugar Hill Records.
Given Helms’ background in bluegrass, it’s no surprise that he was drawn to the genre by one of its most successful LPs: Eric Weissberg’s Dueling Banjos. The A.V. Club talked to Helms about that record, and about how he learned to separate the sound of the banjo from having to squeal like a pig.
The A.V. Club: You told your publicist that Deliverance shaped your musical tastes in a way. Can you explain why that’s the case?
Ed Helms: How familiar are you with the movie?
AVC: I have some familiarity with it.
EH: You’re aware of its horrific lore, what it depicts in the movie…