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Ed Helms on The Hangover

Published June 3, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros. Pictures
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The Hangover features four guys on a bachelor party gone wrong. There’s the alpha male, the dim witted dufus, the normal guy and the nervous worrier. Ed Helms knew there was only one role he could play.

Ed Helms Has a Hangover


“I guess my character, Stu, is kind of a nervous nelly, rule follower of the group,” Helms said. “I can't imagine why [director] Todd [Phillips] thought I would be right for that part other than the fact that I've known Todd for sometime and I'm kind of a nervous nelly rule follower person in real life. So maybe that had something to do with it.”

The gang got into some real trouble behind the scenes, playing pranks on each other. “Bradley [Cooper] and I spent New Year's at Zach [Galifiniakis]'s farm in North Carolina and his brother was there. Greg. He's a hilarious guy. I'll just say this. I was pranked. I found a ridiculous picture on my digital camera later that Zach's brother gave me as a little gift. That's where it ends.”


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Ultimately, the comic foursome all got along with magical chemistry. “Zach and I knew each other reasonably well. We were acquaintances beforehand. Zach and Bradley were also acquaintances. I had met Bradley once before at a party. It was very cool, obviously. I had really not done anything more though than shake Bradley's hand but we met up in Todd's office a few weeks before production and went over stuff and immediately were laughing and having fun together. Then the table read was really exciting because it went great and everyone just inhabited their roles quickly. The roles were pretty similar to our dynamic. The dynamic of the three guys in the movie kind of, in maybe a more grounded way, reflect our friendship.”

As the posters for The Hangover show, Helms is missing a tooth in the film. That is real. “The lack of tooth is totally real. This is an implant that I've had since I was fifteen. We were able to take it out for three months during the run of the movie. Total coincidence. We actually tried camera tests with blacking it out or a prosthetic even, but I looked like a donkey and I wasn't happy about that. Then I asked my dentist if we could take the implant out and he said yeah.”

The Hangover opens to theaters on June 5th.

For the trailers, stills, posters and more movie info, go to the The Hangover Movie Page.


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