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.