Zach Galifianakis is opening up about life after achieving fame in “The Hangover”.
Speaking to Vulture, the 48-year-old comedian and “Baskets” star was honest about the difficulties he felt after coming to prominence for his performance as Alan in the comedy trilogy.
“I don’t want to seem ungrateful,” Galifianakis said, “because this business is amazingly open to letting dummies like me make something of themselves, but what it values makes me uncomfortable. ‘The Hangover’ stuff was a struggle.”
“People expect you to be the crazy guy from ‘The Hangover’. I’d go out for dinner and there’d be four free drinks sent to my table,” he continued. “Not long before that, I was trying out to play Bellhop No. 4, and producers would say, ‘Can you come back in to read for Bellhop No. 6?’ Then suddenly I was getting asked to be in big movies. It messes with your mind, because I knew that I hadn’t gotten any more talented or deserving.”
After starring in a number of comedies which didn’t perform very well at the box office, including “Due Date” and “Dinner for Schmucks”, Galifianakis decided to scale back. “I decided, that I was more comfortable doing small things that I had some control over than I was doing bigger, noisier things.”
Galifianakis co-created “Baskets” with comedian Louis C.K., who severed from his role as an executive producer on the FX series after allegations of sexual harassment emerged last year.
“It was so disruptive in a harmful way to so many people,” Galifianakis said of C.K.’s alleged actions. “We just kind of put our heads down and worked on the new season.”
“This is the poison of celebrity culture,” he said, adding, “The fact that someone can think that just because they’re loved, they can do what they want. It grosses me out.”
Galifianakis also gave some insight into his political opinions in the interview, including his thoughts on President Donald Trump: “I was at a cafe in downtown L.A., and across the way I saw this deranged human being in a T-shirt and a jockstrap, and he was defecating into a tube sock. And my first thought was ‘God, I wish he was president.’”