Hangover Part III - Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis
Hangover Part III - Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) ©2012 Warner Bros

In The Hangover Part III, Phil, Stu and Doug are happily living uneventful lives at home. But when a personal crisis arises for Alan, the Wolfpack reunites, finding themselves back in Las Vegas, where all their adventures began.

In 2009, with his movie The Hangover, writer/director Todd Phillips took the audience through the aftermath of a bachelor party they will never forget, introducing them to the Wolfpack, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis). In 2011, with The Hangover Part II, he raised the stakes by taking them to Bangkok.

Bradley Cooper spoke of the final movie in the trilogy at the press day for the film in, where else, Las Vegas.

Did you have any insight into where you wanted to see your character at the end of this trilogy?

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Phil (Bradley Cooper) ©2012 Warner Bros

I think it’s more along the lines of where we wanted the movie to end up. I think we all think in terms of the story rather than each individual character. That’s what’s been so special about it, it does feel like a communal endeavor.

For me, Alan is one of the most incredible creations of a comedic character in decades in film, so the fact that the story revolves around how the heck this guy is and how can we tame the beast was a wonderful choice that Todd Phillips made, and hopefully the one that audiences want to see.

My hunch is, it will be because there’s no more lost night, there’s no more inebriated devastation, it’s just let’s take care of our friend.

Did you have any feelings on a shift in tone that you wanted this to have?

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Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) ©2012 Warner Bros

I think if you talk to Todd, he would say the third is the darkest based on the content. All of the characters are unhinged in the second one, they’re out of their comfort zone and in a foreign land. They’re screaming at each other.

They’re trying desperately to make their way but it’s not working.

This third one, the goal is to get Doug back, but also to help Alan and be there for each other.

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Phil (Bradley Cooper) ©2012 Warner Bros

So there were a lot more scenes in the third one like the first one of just driving in the car together in between moments that the second one didn’t have as much of, because the city was so chaotic.

That was why I enjoyed the third one a lot, we all did, because we got a chance to just sit with each other like we did in the first one.

Is comedy that interesting to you now that you’ve been nominated for an Oscar for a dramatic role?

Of course. As much as a drama Silver Linings Playbook was, there was a lot of comedy in that movie and we were very conscious of that as we were making it.

In the ideal world, the best dramas have levity in them, so I don’t see it as two separate things at all. I want to work with the best filmmakers.

What was it like to say goodbye to this life-changing trilogy?

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Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Mr Chow (Ken Jeong), Stu (Ed Helms) and Phil (Bradley Cooper) ©2012 Warner Bros

We were conscious of not making it a big deal. There was no clapping. There was a nice party on the stage at Warner Brothers.

Did you think, ‘Maybe we should consider doing a fourth?’

No. The ending of the movie has closure and ties up everything that you didn’t even know weren’t tied up.

Would you like to work together again?

We would love to. Zach had a good idea yesterday that we actually do film Hangover 4 just with a flip-cam.


Judy Sloane

Judy is Film Review Online's regular Los Angeles based reporter.

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