Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bangkok Has The Wolfpack Now in �The Hangover Part II�

Before, it happened in Vegas. Now, what will happen in Bangkok is even more outrageous!

In �The Hangover,� the Las Vegas shenanigans of the Wolfpack - Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha - stayed in Vegas. This time, in �The Hangover Part II,� the gang travels to exotic Thailand for a bachelor party that�s supposed to be subdued and safe. However, things don�t always go as planned.

�The Hangover� was released in 2009 and took the world by storm - becoming the highest-grossing R-Rated comedy of all time and winning the Golden Globe for Best Picture-Musical or Comedy. Though the laughs were nonstop, it was not just the jokes that made it so appealing; it was a group of actors who were believable as friends and whose chemistry onscreen just clicked.
It sounds corny, but it�s kind of a dream situation to work on a movie that�s a genuine comedy and going to work with people you like,� Galifianakis says. �It�s really, really cool.�

All involved were thrilled that the first movie connected with audiences around the globe. �I think physical comedy is pretty universal,� Galifianakis posits. �Also, you�re pulling for these guys. In spite of everything they go through, they�re really just trying to have a good time. That�s the common theme in these movies.�

And, also, the hook of the movie is that it�s a kind of a whodunnit mystery,� Bradley Cooper adds. �So, there�s not just a bunch of comedy set pieces. It�s a movie that has a real engine. If you took all the comedy out, it could play as a thriller. It�s sort of hitting on those two marks.�

In �The Hangover Part II,� the characters follow the same trajectory as on their last adventure, but this time they�re in the exotic international city of Bangkok, Thailand. �[Director] Todd Phillips first became inspired by thinking of where they could go next,� says producer Dan Goldberg. �And every time you said Bangkok, for whatever reason, people would go, �Wow, that�s great.� So, Todd and his co-writers, Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong, did a ton of research on the real Bangkok and a story started to take shape that was different but definitely in the spirit of the first film.�

To me, location is one of the movie�s main characters,� Phillips attests. �Vegas was such a big part of the first one and, for this one, it was really about finding a city or a place where when you say the word it means something. Once we decided on Bangkok, that pretty much defined the movie. It just sounds like trouble, especially for our guys.�

There�s also something to just being in a foreign country and feeling adrift and untethered and helpless in a place where you don�t speak the language,� says Helms. �You don�t understand the customs. You�re not familiar with the food. They�re fundamental things that are all of a sudden different and it throws everything off-kilter, even more than usual.�

They�re kind of flying without a net and that allows for us to do more crazy things or put bigger obstacles in front of them and that�s really the point,� Phillips says.

It�s a totally new story,� Cooper describes. �There are new characters, but also some characters that come back. What we all love about it is you�re getting the same flavor that you felt in the first one, but we�re all focused on telling a new story. To me, it feels like we�re all trying to solve the puzzle together.

Opening soon across the Philippines, �The Hangover Part II� is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

- Warner Bros. Press Statement

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