Throwback! The Hangover perfectly captured a guy’s weekend gone horribly wrong — and kick-started some major Hollywood careers in the process.
Doug (2009 film).Justin Bartha)And three of his friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) as they risk it all during Doug’s bachelor party in Las Vegas. However, things take a turn when they wake up unable to remember what went down — and unable to find the man who’s set to tie the knot.
The raunchy comedy was a huge success when it first hit theaters. It earned $16,734,033 in just one day. It has since grossed $467,416,722 worldwide and spawned two sequels: 2011’s Part II of The Hangover and 2013’s The Hangover Part III.
While it was a major hit among fans, the movie was also honored within the industry, even winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy in January 2010. The cast was also named the Detroit Film Critics Society’s pick for Best Ensemble. Cooper spoke candidly about the relationship he has formed over the years with his costars as the trilogy was ending.
“I mean, anything has a rhythm to it, comedy or drama. It has to have a musicality. And everybody can’t play the same instrument, ideally,” he said of working with Helms, Galifianakis and Bartha during a 2013 interview with Collider. “But I think that we all have the same comedic tendencies, and that’s why it works. We all sort of agree with what’s funny. … It’s kind of a wonderful melting pot of ideas for every character.”
Though the actors enjoyed making the outlandish franchise, they don’t seem to be rushing to reprise their roles in a fourth installment.
“Look, that was a good chunk of my life that I do not regret at all, but I wished we had just done one,” Galifianakis admitted during an interview on the “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast in January 2016. “I think [it’s best to] leave well enough alone sometimes.”
The OfficeAlums echo the Due Date star’s feelings four years later while playing a round of “Helms Yes or Helms No” with Access Hollywood.
“I’m gonna say ‘Helms no’ because I think we Helms ran its course,” the VacationStar made a joke about a fourth Hangover movie when asked in May 2020.
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