Still Hung Over21 Jul, 2011 By: Fred Topel
The Hangover was the biggest ‘R’-rated comedy of all time at the box office in 2009, and Part II is one of the biggest blockbusters of 2011. But while the first film yielded an unrated home video edition, director Todd Phillips says he didn’t hold anything back for the ‘R’-rated theatrical cut of the second.
“I don’t know that it’s raunchier stuff for the DVD,” Phillips says. “This is my seventh movie, so I kind of know what the line is with the MPAA and even with audiences, where you can kind of push it and what not to. It’s not that we have a bunch of raunchier stuff even for the DVD. I mean, I think there will be deleted scenes and some things that you’ll see, but it’s not like we cut anything out really because it was too raunchy at this point.”
In the sequel, the famed Wolfpack of the original film — Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) — reunites for Stu’s wedding in Thailand. But one thing leads to another and they have another wild forgotten adventure, this time in Bangkok.
One of the bits intended for home video actually ended up in the movie, when Stu sings a parody of Billy Joel’s “Allentown,” altering the lyrics to complain about the antics of Alan, whose experimentation with drugs caused the blackouts in both films.
“That wasn’t in the script,” Phillips says. “That was something we all decided in Bangkok. ‘Hey, let’s try something.’ We actually thought it was going to be just for the DVD, that ‘Alantown’ idea. Then [co-writer] Craig [Mazin] and I wrote a version of it, and we went ahead and did it.”
Also in the works, according to Phillips, is a special extra for Ken Jeong’s character, Mr. Chow.
“I think Ken did a really cool thing where Mr. Chow gives us a tour of Bangkok and his version of Bangkok and how he kind of runs the joint that I think is funny,” Phillips says. “We did special things like that for sure.”
Phillips says he also enjoyed working with Mike Tyson again.
“For me, I think Mike is just such an iconic part of the first Hangover, even though he wasn’t in it a ton,” Phillips says. “The Hangover became very identified with Mike’s image so personally I thought it was really important to bring him back. One, because we all love him so much, and two, I think he just was such a surprise and so great in the movie and just one of those fun things. So we couldn’t be more excited when I called him and asked him to do it, and he came all the way to Krabi in Thailand and hung out with us.”