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Zach Galifianakis' New Movie

”It’s Kind of a Funny Story” stars a comedian who’s wild (but not crazy)

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The guy Zach Galifianakis plays in It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a mental patient who can’t cope with stress, especially when he interviews for a spot at a halfway house. Is the actor anything like his character? Nope. In real life, Galifianakis is a laid-back dude who takes life with a grain of salt — and the occasional stiff drink.

Have you ever had a bad job-interview experience?
I went to an audition once, and this guy goes, ”Okay, I’m going to put these saltines on the ground, and you get down on all fours, and you’re eating the saltines like you’re eating dog food.” I said, ”I’m sorry?” He repeated it, and I said, ”Uh, I’m not going to do that.” Then I realized I had to figure out a different [professional] path. I wasn’t going to do any more commercial stuff. Because this [pointing to himself] is not a very [trustworthy] face.

Your character has trouble dealing with pressure. Do you?
I pride myself on not letting stress get to me that much. Or I’m just not that smart. I certainly don’t overthink things. I live in North Carolina on a farm, so I’ll get on my tractor, I’ll go take care of some duties and some chores, collect firewood. It’s therapeutic to me. And I also drink alcohol. That’s the other remedy.