What The Hangover Cast Is Doing Now
Comedy has often featured sexist or otherwise offensive behavior from adult male characters. However, it wasn’t until The Hangover came out in 2009 that the comedy essentially established itself as its own subgenre. When it was released in 2011, Bridesmaids was often (and some would argue unfairly) referred to as a “female version” of the film.
It’s worth noting that the cast of The Hangover, which included Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and many others, probably had no idea what a huge success the movie would become. In fact, before being eclipsed by, you guessed it, The Hangover Part II in 2011, The Hangover was the highest-grossing R-Rated comedy of all time.
Why did this tale of a raucous bachelor party go the wrong strike such a chord with moviegoers? No one probably would have guessed that it would grow into a trilogy of films, but if I knew the answer, I’d be a very wealthy man. But I can see why, what with this star-studded cast. Now, tell me, what are the stars up to now? In any case, you read the headline. Eventually, you’ll find out.
A. Cooper, Bradley [phil Wenneck]
True, Bradley Cooper had already been in several critically acclaimed films before The Hangover (including Wet Hot American Summer and Wedding Crashers), but I believe it is fair to say that many moviegoers fell in love with the gifted actor with The Hangover.
He has gone on to have a fruitful career in both television and movies since then. Fans of Nip/Tuck may recall him from his guest appearance as Aidan Stone on the show, and he has also appeared in episodes of television shows based on movies he has appeared in, such as Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Limitless, both of which aired in 2015.
Mr. Zach Galifianakis (alan Garner)
While Bradley Cooper was undoubtedly one of the breakout stars of the original Hangover, I’d like to think that Zach Galifianakis (and one other actor I will get to later) also skyrocketed following this picture. I can’t decide if his biggest roles have been on the big screen or the tiny.
Before The Hangover, I remember him from appearances on Wonder Showzen, The Sarah Silverman Program, and The Tim and Eric Awesome Show, all of which I enjoy much. You’ve done an excellent job. Following The Hangover, he appeared in such hit comedies as Comedy, Bang, Bang, and Baskets, as well as the cult favourite Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, which was later adapted into a feature film.
“ed” Helms (Stu Price)
Since he played Andy Bernard on The Office, Ed Helms was already well-known before The Hangover, but his unique brand of humor was much appreciated in the racy comedy. After the success of the movie, he began making guest appearances on many television shows, including The Mindy Project, The Muppets, and Bojack Horseman (where he also provided his voice). As of this writing, he’s also a regular on the Rutherford Falls episode of the Peacock original series.
Ed Helms starred in Cedar Rapids, one of my favorite comedies of recent years. Not only did he voice the penguins in the Disneynature documentary Penguins, but he also played Clark Griswold’s son Rusty in the sixth installment of the Vacation series. The recent Nikole Beckwith comedy Together Together marks his directorial debut.
A Ken Jeong (leslie Chow)
The second major performer who became widely known thanks to his performance in The Hangover is Ken Jeong. He has already starred in several successful movies before that one, including Knocked Up, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express, and Role Models.
After seeing The Hangover, however, it seems like he’s in everything. Some of the movies in which he appeared were Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Crazy Rich Asians, and, most surprisingly, Avengers: Endgame, which was at the time the biggest film in the world.
The idea is for him to appear in six films in 2021, including Tom & Jerry, Boss Level, and the My Little Pony film My Little Pony: A New Generation, in which he will provide his voice. El Tonto, Charlie Day’s first film as director, has him in a lead role, however, the movie hasn’t been scheduled for release yet.
In This Article: Justin Bartha (Doug Billings)
To make matters more amusing, Justin Bartha, the real reason for the bachelor party, was barely featured in the first Hangover film. Although, in the sequels, we saw much more of him. On television, he has appeared in 17 episodes of The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight and most recently had a recurring role in the crime drama Godfather of Harlem.
CBGB, Sticky Notes, and Against the Clock all featured Justin Bartha in leading roles, and the upcoming Jason Mamoa action thriller Sweet Girl will be his next cinematic appearance on Netflix.