Can Zach Galifianakis play regular dudes?
Zach Galifianakis might play kind of a weirdo again. Stop the presses!
Galifianakis, whose break-out role in The Hangover this summer has made him super in-demand, is in talks for the film adaptation of It’s Kind of a Funny Story, a YA novel about a 15-year-old’s suicidal thoughts and brief stay in a psychiatric hospital. Galifianakis would play one of the adults in the same facility.
I am wild about Galifianakis — I love his iconoclastic stand-up, I was one of dozens of people who liked Dog Bites Man, and I technically sat through all of The Hangover. But much as I love his deadpan weirdness, I’m worried that that’s all he’s playing these days; yesterday’s Bored to Death pilot just confirmed that I have reason for concern. It’s not that Galifianakis does a bad job with these roles, but Non-Threatening Weird Guy has a limited appeal and shelf life. Diversify, young man! Diversify.
I want to Zach play the lead — not the bumbling sidekick — in a romantic dramedy or something, PopWatchers. Help me out: What would you cast him in, against type?
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