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