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Four years ago, Bradley Cooper had built a solid reputation as a scene-stealing supporting player. Ed Helms was best known for his sweet but buffoonish Andy on The Office. And few, besides comedy-club bookers and his own family members, could wrap their mouths around the last name of Zach Galifianakis.
Then came The Hangover, which would go on to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy in North American box-office history. A 2011 sequel would take in more than half-a-billion dollars worldwide. And next week comes the third and allegedly the last of the trilogy of films about friends on road trips gone extremely awry.
Folks still have trouble pronouncing Galifianakis but the careers – and lives – of all three co-stars have been changed forever by the series.
“I never would have gotten Hangover II if it wasn’t for Hangover I,” joked Helms in a recent joint interview with his cast mates.
‘”The effect it’s had on my life, from a career standpoint, it just is off the charts. I’ve gotten to do some really great, cool, fun stuff that I never would have been able to do,” Helms said.
Those include two well-reviewed 2011 low-budget comedies, Cedar Rapidsand Jeff Who Lives at Home.
Before Hangover, Galifianakis was somebody – making a living as a stand-up comic, whose credits included his own Comedy Central Presents special. But that success was nothing compared to what would come. “Well, you know, financially,” Galifianakis said, winding up for a Mother’s Day joke. “It (was) really great to be able to pay to get her a salt-and-pepper shaker set.”
Bradley Cooper may have both titles of Sexiest Man Alive and Oscar nominee, but neither accolade has evoked any diva-like behavior.
The handsome Silver Linings Playbook actor sat down with Hangover Part 3 costars Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis at the Las Vegas junket for the upcoming comedy, where E! News couldn’t help but question whether Bradley’s ‘tude has changed since the very firstHangover flick.
“We can’t say or that giant guy off-camera will beat us up,” Ed Helms confesses as Cooper quietly laughs.
“We’re afraid to talk,”Galifianakis dead-pans.
Eventually, Helms provides an honest response, praising his costar for his down-to-Earth demeanor.
“Honestly, it’s really annoying how little Bradley has changed,” he says. “You really should be more of a diva,” he tells his pal. “You can pull it off now! You have an Oscar nomination, come on.”
And suddenly, Cooper just became that much sexier.
In our continuing coverage from the set of “The Hangover Part III”, we speak to Ed Helms, who plays Stuart Price in the “epic” trilogy.
For my mic, can you say your name?
My name is Edward Parker Helms. I play Stuart Price, the dentist character, member of the Wolf Pack… and I wear a size nine-and-a-half shoe.
Nice! Okay, so tell us what is happening with Stu. Because he, I think, is the luckiest guy in the movie. In the first one he got the stripper, in the second one, he got married again–
The luckiest? God, you must have been watching Cedar Rapids or something. What’s happening with Stu… Well, I think Stu’s been kind of a punching bag the last couple of movies, but he did marry a beautiful woman at the end of the second one. And what’s sort of fun about this time around is that Stu, he’s now married to a woman who is much cooler and sexier than he is, and she’s sort of made him a little cooler. So we start with Stu being just a little– He dresses a little sharper, he’s got a little bit better fashion sense, maybe a little more confidence than he’s had before. And that’s fun, because it’s a slightly unfamiliar place for the audience to kind of start up with Stu. But then good old neurotic Stu comes roaring back pretty early on.
Obviously with what you guys had gone through in the first two, what’s the biggest challenge in approaching what you guys are doing?
Probably like, what else could we possibly go through? Do you know? Like just how do you… From an imagination standpoint, what do we come up with that’s remarkably different and exciting and stimulating for our fans and for the audience? I think that was a big challenge going in. And the solution to that was a really nice departure from our formula for One and Two, and getting into something that’s kind of darkly grounded. There’s a joy in the first two, because we’re finding out how much fun we had the night before. Even though we caused all this havoc, we’re still sort of finding out happy things that happened the night before. This movie has less of that kind of happiness, and a sort of– Let’s not say– It’s still extremely funny, but it has a little bit of a darker energy to it, which is kind of a fun change of pace, a little bit of a shift.
The Hangover star Ed Helms had to convince his co-stars on The Office he wasn’t drunk while he was making the movie because he spoke with a slight slur.
The actor removed an implanted tooth when he learned his character in the hit comedy film would have dental issues and he had no idea the procedure would affect his speech.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, “(My dentist) made me a flipper with the false tooth on it that I could take in and out because I was still shooting on The Office.
“I never told (anyone) because they would lose their minds. So I would show up for work (on The Office) with this appliance in my mouth, and it really affected my speech. If you watch those episodes, I sound drunk.”
Funnyman Ed Helms was exhausted while filming the first movie in The Hangover trilogy because he didn’t sleep for days at a time as he tried to balance filming the movie in Las Vegas with his commitments on Tv show The Office in Los Angeles.
The actor was given permission to film The Hangover around his Tv schedule as long as he showed up for work on time and covered his transportation costs.
Helms tells The Hollywood Reporter, “I had to agree to charter my own flights, these little tiny jets, which I paid for. I’d go from Las Vegas to Van Nuys Airport at four in the morning because we were doing shoots all night, then I’d land in Van Nuys, drive to the set and shoot all day on The Office, completely Red Bull-ed (energy drink) out of my brain.”
His dedication paid off and The Hangover was a break-out hit when it was released in 2009. Helms stars in the third installment of the franchise, which will hit cinemas this summer (13), after the finale of The Office airs in America.
“Are we there yet?” If ‘there’ is the start of production for Ed Helms’ Vacation reboot, the answer for now is no.
The comedy project, a reboot of the 1983 Chevy Chase movie, was scheduled to start shooting in Atlanta this July, but New Line Cinema is slowing things down on the project, EW has confirmed. THR first reported the news.
Vacation‘s production may be delayed for anywhere from a few months until later this year.
THR reports that the hold-up is due to creative differences among the movie’s development team: Some want to tone the project down to aim for a PG-13 rating, and others want to keep it R-rated, like the original movie.
Helms is set to play a grown-up Rusty Griswold, the kid first played by Anthony Michael Hall, now taking his own family on a vacation gone wrong. Christina Applegate signed on last month to play Rusty’s wife. The script was written by Bones actor John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who both also collaborated on Horrible Bosses. The Vacation reboot will be the pair’s directorial debut.
Just before Thanksgiving of last year, I watched Ed Helms get attacked by four chickens in a Tijuana flophouse. He was fine and so were the chickens since it was part of our set visit to Warner Bros.’ The Hangover Part III. Helms, who is reprising his role of Stu the newly-married dentist in the concluding chapter of The Hangover trilogy, kindly sat down with a group of visiting journalists for a roundtable interview. He talked at length about the evolving character relationships within the Wolfpack, traveling to exotic locales, working with returning characters and the ever-expanding cast of animal stars featured in their movies.
The film also stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis,Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Mike Epps and Jeffrey Tambor. The Hangover Part III opens on May 24th and, if you haven’t seen it, you can check out the recently-released trailer here. Hit the jump for our full interview with Helms.
ED HELMS: Great. How’s it going? So, how cool are these trailers? Very sweet.
Nice trailers. They’re awesome.
HELMS: Yeah, I have to say, it’s the nicest one I’ve ever had.
This is actually a lot nicer than Zach’s.
HELMS: Well, there’s less vomit.
Actually, on the subject of Zach– In the second film, we do see that Stu has no trust in hanging out with Alan, or in him, just being around him in general. I’m curious, what’s the relationship like between those two in this film?
HELMS: First of all, great transition into the interview. “On the subject of Zach.” So, how are Stu and Alan– You know, they have a complicated friendship that I think is characterized by tolerance for one another and some mutual lack of understanding for the other’s thought process, mindset, intelligence, world view. But there’s some– Whereas Phil and Alan have this kind of overt bromance, particularly coming from Alan towards Phil, I think that Stu and Alan have more of an Odd Couple sort of thing going on, where if you really put a gun to their head, they’d kind of love each other and would go to the mat for each other. But you’d never know it if you spent five minutes with them. And that is just an important part of their history in the first two, and I think we have some fun in– Their relationship gets challenged in some new, exciting ways inHangover Three. That’s what we’re talking about, right? Okay.
…Yahoo plans to expand its offerings of women’s lifestyle shows and comedies this year. Among the new comedies due out in the fall are “Tiny Commando,” an action-packed series created by Ed Helms that follows the exploits of a four-inch-tall private investigator who uses his fleet of miniature vehicles to fight crime. It stars Zachary Levi and Gillian Jacobs.
The names John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will be popping up more and more frequently over the next few years, as the very funny scribes responsible for Horrible Bosses have been working on a number of projects in that successful comedy’s wake. I recently sat down with the screenwriters in Las Vegas at the press junket for the magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (which they wrote), and during the course of our conversation, the two talked about a few of their upcoming films.
While we’ll have the full interview available closer to the release of Burt Wonderstone, today we wanted to share what they had to say about the Vacation movie that they wrote and are directing, and the book series adaptation Secret Histories. The two revealed that filming onVacation begins this summer and teased the return of some castmembers from the previous films, and also talked about “world building” with their rewrite work on Secret Histories. Hit the jump to read on.
Daley and Goldstein wrote the script for a newVacation movie for New Line Cinema before subsequently signing on to make their feature directing debut with the film. Ed Helms is poised to play the grown-up Rusty Griswold, and I asked the duo when production might begin:
John Francis Daley: We’re shooting in June in Atlanta and in New Mexico.
Jonathan Goldstein: Rusty Griswold is grown-up, and that’s Ed Helms. We’re casting the other parts now and it’s pretty exciting. I mean we’ve been directing shorts together, but this is our first feature. When we wrote the script we didn’t know we’d be directing it and then New Line said, “Do you wanna pitch yourselves to direct it?” And we were like “You bet!”
Daley: And then we looked at the script and it was like, “who wrote this piece of shit?”
NBC has announced an hour-long primetime special dedicated to the seminal comedy “The Office.” It will air Thursday, May 16 (8-9 p.m. ET) as a prelude to the one-hour series finale of “The Office,” which will immediately follow.
Produced by NBC News, this special offers an emotional farewell to the characters of “The Office,” and includes exclusive and original interviews with writers, producers and actors from the award-winning series. Among those who talk about their experience of being involved with “The Office” for all or part of its nine seasons on the air include executive producers Greg Daniels, Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman, as well as actors John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, Angela Kinsey, Craig Robinson, Oscar Nunez and BJ Novak.
Novak, Kaling and Lieberstein take viewers inside the writers’ room and reveal the creative process of “The Office,” which aired for nine seasons on NBC.
In addition to interviews, other features include a look at actor auditions back when the show was first being cast, favorite moments and a behind-the-scenes sneak peak of the finale. There will also be a segment on the May 4th fan event being held in the city of Scranton, Penn., which served as the home for “The Office” for its entire run.
Since its premiere on NBC in March 2005, “The Office” has established itself as a genuine hit, earning prestigious television honors such as the 2006 Emmy Award for comedy series, 2006 Peabody Award, 2006 and 2008 AFI Honors, Producers Guild Award, Writers Guild Award, SAG Award for performance by an ensemble in a comedy, Ace Eddie Award for editing and a Television Critics Award for achievement in comedy.
“The Office” presents a hilarious documentary-style look at the humorous, and sometimes poignant, foolishness that plagues the 9-to-5 world. Based on the award-winning BBC hit, “The Office” is a fly-on-the-wall “docu-reality” parody of modern American office life that delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin, a paper supply company.
“The Office” is executive-produced by Silverman and Daniels, who developed the series for American audiences, as well Lieberstein, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein, Brent Forrester and Dan Sterling.