Why can’t these people just keep their mouths shut and do their jobs? I always found Galifianakis to be funny, now all I will hear is another brain dead Hollywood lefty who thinks he’s smarter than the rest of us.
Funnyman Zach Galifianakis wants to get serious about politics.
And that’s not just because he plays naive congressional candidate Marty Huggins in “The Campaign,” which opens Friday and also stars Will Ferrell. It’s because he is genuinely interested in politics.
That’s just how the comedian was raised.
“We talked about politics constantly in my family growing up in North Carolina,” says Galifianakis, 42. “There were always debates. Being of Greek background, it’s in our blood to drink coffee and talk politics.”
His uncle, Nick Galifianakis, was a Democratic congressman from North Carolina from 1967 to 1973. He even challenged right-wing candidate Jesse Helms in his first U.S. Senate campaign back in 1972. [...]
So maybe Galifianakis can relate to his character, Huggins, a director of the local tourism center who is plucked from obscurity to run against Ferrell’s gaffe-prone Cam Brady. But Galifianakis has seen what happens when “regular people” enter politics.
“A lot of times, these ‘regular people’ have good intentions, but they are not that qualified,” he says. “I think Marty would be a Tea Party kind of guy, which is so old-fashioned but also kind of tough for me to support. I understand Tea Partyers’ anger with the system, but they are in way over their heads and often racially motivated, and I can’t be part of that.”