Podcast: Scot Armstrong and Craig Mazin Talk THE HANGOVER PART II

Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms in The Hangover Part II.

Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms in The Hangover Part II.

Scot Armstrong on the set of The Hangover Part II.

Scot Armstrong on the set of The Hangover Part II.

Writing the the sequel to The Hangover, the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time, should be as easy as popping the top on an ice cold brewsky.  Booze + hotel room + Zach Galifianakis = wackiness ensues, right?

If only it was that easy, says Scot Armstrong (Old School, Semi-Pro, Starsky & Hutch, The Heartbreak Kid) and Craig Mazin (Superhero Movie, Scary Movie 3Scary Movie 4). They co-wrote The Hangover Part II with director Todd Phillips. “It was a little daunting,” says Mazin of the experience. “We knew we had to follow something extraordinary.”

Craig Mazin sitting on the banks of the Chao Praya River in Bangkok during filming of The Hangover Part II

Craig Mazin sitting on the banks of the Chao Praya River in Bangkok during filming of The Hangover Part II

And, writing is risky to start, Armstrong adds. “Every time you have a blank page and blinking cursor, you’re jumping off a cliff.” But they decided to do it. Jump off the cliff. In Bangkok. With the wolfpack.

The result: a wacky misadventure with a surprise around every corner. Script sat down with Armstrong and Mazin to talk jet lag, food poisoning, sweating and being the portable rewrite team on that followed Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms around Thailand.

Podcast highlights:

* How do you begin? “With panic and fear.”

* Pleasing fans: “People care about it in a way that makes them angry if you fumble the ball.”

* Being on set: “There is no substitute for writing a scene where you’re shooting.”

* Taking a chance: “A screenplay is a big shot in the dark. You just don’t know.”

* Going darker: “Everything is funnier when you feel a little afraid.”

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7 thoughts on “Podcast: Scot Armstrong and Craig Mazin Talk THE HANGOVER PART II

  1. S.C. Weiss

    Wow. What a great interview. What insights. She went right to the core of the story. By reading (and listening to the podcast) I at once could tell that the interviewer knew her stuff and wasn’t ‘just’ a journalist, but a crafted writer herself. (What a difference that makes.) I had read the article before watching the film. And I could really understand the pressure of the man behind his success. Thanks to this interview. I loved the film. (It wasn’t just business, it was personal too. In a very kind, non-profit way.) Though I think the best moment is in the end, when they share the photographs, like in the first picture. And all becomes really raw. (The crowd in ‘my’ cinema went crazy!!! That was the real deal in the film. The twist, if you will, in a twisted sense.) Anyway, I would like to thank Ms. Milly for providing this platform with such amazing interviews. Her questions are always fresh and new and different and full of respect. Love it. Hope to read more from her. Where the hell did you find her???

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  3. Spudsmuggler

    Great podcast. I needed to hear that. I will be putting my butt in the chair and typing more.

    Armstrong and Mazin might want to get checked for intestinal parasites after that That breakfast, though.

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