Zach Galifianakis gives voice to the comic’s lament: Comedy is hard, and funny people continue to be sleighted when awards are handed out.
“I get frustrated,” he opines, “because with serious movies anybody can look at the camera and say these words. But when you’ve got to make it funny, it’s harder.”
Putting comedies and musicals into one awards category, he adds, makes the whole situation even worse: “They are two different things. It’s insulting,” he says.
Regardless of the discrimination, Galifianakis is going for laughs this year, plus some tears.
“It’s been pretty busy,” he says of a sked that includes four new films and a second season of his HBO series “Bored to Death.”
His July release, “Dinner for Schmucks.” co-stars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. “I play a guy who thinks he can read minds and manipulate people with his mental powers,” he says. “I didn’t do much research.”
Then there’s “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” with Emma Roberts. “It’s dramatic, a smaller movie,” he reveals. And also “Rogues Gallery” with Emilie de Ravin: “I did that 2 1/2 years ago.”
Lastly, Galifianakis stars in the autumn release “Due Date,” which is “a buddy movie with Robert Downey Jr. But we’re not buddies. It’s a traveling across America kind of thing.”
It’s also a reunion with his “Hangover” director, Todd Phillips.
“I think this movie is much more of an emotional movie you’d see from Todd. It’s got the big comedy laughs but emotional tones to it.”
What’s changed for Galifianakis since “The Hangover”?
“I get a better table at Long John Silver’s. Other than that, not to be thinking too much about it,” he says. “People keep telling me, ‘Your life’s changed.’ Not really. I’m 40. I think I have a sensible attitude. I don’t want to be recognized, but what can you do?”