Rudd and Black Turned Down ‘The Hangover’ and Other Uncensored Tales

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
By Kevin Crossman

The Hangover Crew

The Hangover Crew

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.

4 Responses to “Rudd and Black Turned Down ‘The Hangover’ and Other Uncensored Tales”

  1. Rick

    I see Rudd fitting in as Stu. The worrier persona is right in his wheelhouse

  2. Chris

    I only see Rudd as Stu. If Black was in Galifianakis’ role I think it wouldn’t have been as great.

  3. I agree. Galifianakis was absolutely perfect. As much as I love Jack Black it just wouldn’t of been as good.

  4. Rick Duran

    I wonder, is this what Jonah Hill meant by “turning down the biggest comedies of the past 10 years” in Rolling Stone?


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