Exclusive Q & A: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms & Zach Galifianakis on The Hangover Part II

The Hangover Part II

The Hangover Part IITo celebrate the release of The Hangover Part II on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download in Australia, Warner has sent us this exclusive Q & A with stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis.

In the follow-up to the record-breaking hit comedy The Hangover, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined.

How did the sequel idea begin?

BRADLEY COOPER: Warner Bros. wanted to make another movie, and Todd [Phillips] had an idea for what it would be. Then we all jumped on and thought about what a possibility could be for a second one.  He went and wrote a great script with Scott Armstrong and Craig Mazin.

ED HELMS: There was more story to tell at the end of the day.  There was just more adventure for these guys to go on, and that’s really what motivated us to get onboard.

How important was it to raise the stakes and add more humor and more danger? 


ED HELMS: It’s critical.  Why bother if you’re not going to do that?  None of us wanted to rehash the first one.  We were so proud of it, and no one wanted to tarnish that thing that we were proud of.  It had to be bigger, crazier, more dangerous.

What was it like to film the big chase sequences?

ED HELMS: That was the biggest action sequence I’d ever been a part of, and it’s intense.  It’s a crazy operation.

BRADLEY COOPER: It shows you what a wider scope this second one takes on as opposed to the first one, because there’s this whole espionage element to it. It’s Bangkok, and there are helicopter and car chases. The first one was very sort of gorilla filmmaking, and this one had a lot of moving parts.

ZACK GALIFIANAKIS: There was a helicopter shot, and I wasn’t thrilled by that.  We were on a boat, and there was a helicopter filming us and I got scared.

The Hangover: Part II is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital from Warner Home Entertainment.