Zach Galifianakis recently did an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. These quotes are just awesome.
His longest job was on a Fox drama called Tru Calling, about a mortuary attendant played by Eliza Dushku who could commune with the dead. He tried his hardest to get fired. He’d tell Dushku she was eating her way to cancellation, or stand up after a table read and say to the writer, “Great script, Karen,” and throw the script in the trash.
At one point, he was hired to write for SNL, where he pitched a sketch to albino-python-era Britney Spears in which she’s being interviewed on Entertainment Tonight when she suddenly, and without explanation, starts bleeding from the mouth. She didn’t laugh. “I remember staring at the ground for, like, 20 seconds, just silent,” Galifianakis says. “45,000 open mics, and I’m trying to impress this 18-year-old pop star.” He was there two weeks.
He hasn't made it easy for mainstream Hollywood to tap his off-center charms. When Sean Penn called to offer him a role in Into the Wild, Galifianakis told him he had an appointment at Arby’s and to "send my Jews the script."
“I saw that Ke$ha woman the other day,” he says. She’d e-mailed him about getting a drink, and a few days later, he ran into her in a bar. “She was sitting by herself, and I walked up to her and said, ‘Listen, I got your e-mail. Your music is really bad! I don’t know who listens to it, but I imagine it’s, like, six-year-olds – and it’s a bad message.’ ”
He thinks reality TV is a scourge – that we’re not far off from Celebrity Toilet Cams or World’s Funniest Gay Bashings. When little kids tell him they loved The Hangover, he’ll tell them they have terrible parents. “And I mean it.”