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Due Date (in Hour Magazine, Ottawa Xpress)

Expectations are high for Due Date, screenwriter/director Todd Phillips’ follow-up to last year’s The Hangover, a dirty little flick set on the seedy side of Sin City, starring semi-unknown actors, that became the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. The Hangover‘s most memorable quality, besides the Phil Collins/Mike Tyson cameo, wasthe wildcard in a movie of wildcards: Zach Galifianakis, a hirsute, thickset Greek-American character actor with crazy, charismatic eyes the colour of a North Pacific storm.

“Todd has told me of late that I’ve never thanked him for anything, and I’m just here to say that I’m probably not going to do it today,” said Galifianakis at a recent press conference for Due Date. “In all honesty it’s a little bit strange. Todd helped me; he took a chance plucking me out of the stand-up comedy scene. Nobody ever knows that a movie’s going to be so big – we just kind of got lucky.”

That’s sometimes what happens in Vegas, baby. Read article