A Minute With: Zach Galifianakis, politics and "The Campaign"

Wed Aug 8, 2012 5:11am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Zach Galifianakis may be best known as the breakout star of "The Hangover" movie franchise, but on Friday, he takes on politics -- and Will Ferrell -- in the Jay Roach directed comedy "The Campaign."

The film is about Cam Brady (Ferrell), a congressman in North Carolina who has run unopposed for the last few elections and expects to cruise to another victory. But two CEOs determined to oust him decide to hand-pick a naive man, Marty Huggins (Galifianakis), to run against him.

Galifianakis, 42, recently talked with Reuters about his personal connection to politics and his newfound passion for farming.

Q: Why is the world of politics such a goldmine for comedy?

A: "Politics has become so insanely rough and there's so much B.S. out there that we thought it would be interesting to make a movie about the making of candidates. Basically how the sausage is made, if you will."

Q: Did you draw on any real-life politicians?

A: "There are several people that have been on the national stage that we borrowed from for sure. I think the most prevalent example is the Sarah Palin aspect where -- and I don't blame Sarah Palin, I blame it on the human ego -- when somebody chooses you to do something, you start believing (you can do it). If I got hand-picked to do something or was told I was really good at something, I would want to believe it because it sounds nice."

Q: Exactly. You hope that people genuinely think you're qualified ...   Continued...

Cast member Zach Galifianakis poses at the premiere of "The Campaign" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California August 2, 2012. The movie opens in the U.S. on August 10. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni