Zach Galifianakis: ‘I wish we’d only made one ‘Hangover’ movie’

Wolfpack actor admits he wishes the hit 2009 comedy hadn't spawned a pair of sequels

Zach Galifianakis has admitted he wishes The Hangover hadn’t been expanded into a film trilogy.

Released in 2009, the original The Hangover film was a surprise smash, raking in over $467 million (£327 million) at the global office – at the time a record for an R-rated comedy film. It later won a Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Galifianakis and his cast mates Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Long and Ken Jeong returned for 2011’s The Hangover Part II, which proved even more successful at the box office, grossing over $586 million (£410 million) globally despite receiving mixed reviews.

The Hangover Part III completed the trilogy in 2013, taking a slightly less impressive $362 million (£253 million) at the box office globally and earning the most disparaging reviews of the series.

“We’re contracted up to 12 [films]. I feel a real appetite out there for more,” Galifianakis said jokingly during a recent interview on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast.

“Look, that was a good chunk of my life that I do not regret at all but I wished we had just done one,” Galifianakis went on to admit. “I think leave well enough alone sometimes.”