I’m still in awe of how Zach Galifianakis, a terrific stand-up comedian who mostly unknown in the American mainstream, has become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood after his performance in “The Hangover”. Even better, his performance in that film is true to his style of comedy. I never felt that he was trying to be something he wasn’t.
I’m trying to keep this in mind as I read the news that he may be voicing the role of Humpty Dumpty in the upcoming “Shrek” spin-off, “Puss in Boots”. Hit the jump for details.
“Puss in Boots” will be a spin-off/prequel to “Shrek 2″ as the story (scripted by Tom Wheeler) leads up to when Puss (voiced by Antonio Banderas) met Shrek and Donkey in the second film and then totally stole the picture. Salma Hayek will co-star. If Galifianakis decides to take the role of Humpty Dumpty, it’s unknown to what extent Galifianakis will have to craft the character. Also, no word yet if Dumpty will have an ADD brother who drives a Ford Focus.
“Puss in Boots” is slated to hit theaters on November 4th, 2011. The character will also appear in “Shrek Forever After” which hits theaters on May 21st.
As for Galifianakis, his role in “The Hangover” has led to roles in “Dinner for Schmucks” with Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, “Due Date” with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, and “The Hangover 2″. I’m so happy that this is happening for a guy as funny as Galifianakis (I saw him perform live a couple years back and I was struggling to breathe). I’m also happy that Dane Cook is probably reading about these projects and strongly considering suicide.