Zach Galifianakis seems to be in every film that’s coming out. The ‘Hangover’ star is in Dinner for Schmucks (opening July 30) and I had just seen him in the trailer for It’s Kind of a Funny Story earlier today. Now a new trailer for an upcoming comedy called Due Date has arrived online with Galifianakis starring that one too. I’m not complaining though – the guy is comedy gold.
I first remember seeing him in Out Cold – the movie that was Animal House set at a ski lodge. However it was The Hangover that really has set his career on fire, and now the bearded funnyman is very busy. He has three movies coming out this year, and at least another two slated for next year (including The Hangover 2).
Adding to the humor in Due Date is the delightful Robert Downey Jr. Now one of Hollywood’s top A-listers, Downey Jr. struck a major chord with audiences as Tony Stark in the Iron Man movies. He combines charisma with humor and a big ego and pulls it off brilliantly. It looks like he tones down the ego in Due Date, but the trailer gives us glimpses of plenty of humor with him in it.
Jamie Foxx also stars in the film, although the trailer doesn’t give us much of his character to work with. Maybe just another travel on the road that picks up the other guys or something. Directing the film is Todd Philips (The Hangover), with Juliette Lewis and Michelle Monaghan also appearing.
Synopsis: Peter Highman (Downey Jr.) is an expectant first-time father whose wife’s due date is a mere five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan–on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter’s last nerve.
So how good is this going to be? According to Downey Jr., it’s the second best movie he’s ever made. In an interview with Moviehole back in April, Downey Jr. had this to say:
“I’ve seen the movie. It’s like the second greatest movie I’ve ever done – largely due to Zach Galifianakis, who is crazy good in every scene, and Todd Phillips, who is just one of the great American directors. I guarantee you’re going to love it – I went to the last screening and people were literally saying ‘Oh my god, It’s gotta stop – my face hurts!’ Downey says Galifianakis doesn’t necessarily improvise in the film he “just does what he wants- whether the scene needs it or not”. The actor said he had constantly ask his juvenile co-star, who he jokingly said acted like a children that just “did what he wants” at any time on the set, if “he needed to go to the bathroom because we’re gonna be in the car for an hour”.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to this one!