The Hangover made superstars out of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. Now they’re back in The Hangover Part II and Cooper took the lead in speaking for the reunion of the wolf pack.
“I think part of the reason why there was so much room for the second one is because there was so much unfinished,” Cooper said. “You really didn’t get to know the characters. The narrative was really this mystery, this ticking clock pressing them in the first one. I think the difference between that one and this one is this movie’s more about the dynamic of the three guys and you really get to know them.”
Hangover II spends more time with the guys before they get into trouble, and gives more detail on how they cope with another drunken crisis. “For example, for me watching the first one, it could almost be boiled down to one joke,” Cooper continued. “The whole movie’s the setup and the punchline are the [photos in the] credits. When you get to the end of this movie, I’m excited to see the credits, but that’s not what I’ve been thinking about the whole movie.”
Fans of The Hangover will still get to see more raunchy humor, but they’ll get to know their favorite characters a little better too. “I got very caught up in what happened to Stu and how they dealt with that dynamic and what Alan did, which I found to be a much more pleasing movie as a viewer. It was obviously a conscious decision by Todd to do that because the movie breathes more. There’s more room for it just in terms of the timing of the cuts than the first one. It just has a different musicality to it, this movie.”