Rudd and Black Turned Down ‘The Hangover’ and Other Uncensored Tales
The Hollywood Reporter’s May 10 cover story features the Uncensored Oral History of The Hangover. The interview features all the principal actors as well as director Todd Phillips, and covers all three Hangover films. In addition to providing a few more details about The Hangover III, there’s all kinds of tidbits that are being brought to light for the first time.
- Ed Helms was the first actor cast
- Jack Black and Paul Rudd turned down roles in the first film
- Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow was originally supposed to be 60 years old
- Bradley Cooper auditioned for Starsky & Hutch with Vince Vaughn, presumably in the role eventually cast by Jason Bateman
- The role of Alan was written with a “Jonah Hill-like” younger brother in mind, but eventually was changed to an older brother to cast Zach Galifianakis
- There’s room for a sequel based around Galifianakis’ character, though the principals indicate they’re not interested in doing another film
Can you imagine Jack Black and Paul Rudd in The Hangover with Ed Helms? Black certainly played innocent/quirky well in Bernie, so I think he could have done justice to the role of Alan. Rudd did a great job as the handsome straight-man in Dinner for Schmucks and certainly could have played Cooper’s role well.
The rest of the article is a great read, and only whets our appetite for the epic conclusion to the series coming to theaters this Memorial Day weekend.