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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 11/ 5/2010

'Due Date's' ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, champion of the comics

By Michael Cavna

Zach Galifianakis is not only the hottest-working comic actor this side of Russell Brand. He also is a welcome champion of cartooning.

On HBO's "Bored to Death," Galifianakis plays a character loosely modeled after New York cartoonist/graphic novelist Dean Haspiel. And in his new film "Due Date" (opening today), Galifianakis happens to star opposite Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. But now, the "Hangover" comedian is promoting his cousin Nick Galifianakis's new book, "If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute."

Nick, of course, is known to many readers as the gifted illustrator for the Carolyn Hax advice column.

Zach Galifianakis wrote the foreword for Nick's book, and on Jimmy Fallon's late-night show, Zach asked the host whether he could promote not his foreword, but rather his jacket blurb.

"My cousin wrote a book and asked me to do a blurb ... " Zach says to very funny effect. "I'm really happy about the blurb."

Comics can't have enough champions with a stellar "Q" rating. And for our money, Zach is one of the funniest actors working today (Exhibit A: "Between Two Ferns"). Our only concern about "Due Date," we should note, is that Zach -- and not comic batterymate -- gets to play the quirky, somewhat skittish "substance abuser."

Stepping back, we realize many of "Iron Man" Downey's best roles have come when there's addiction in the picture -- from the '80s "Less Than Zero" up through "Sherlock Holmes." And when Downey Jr. plays a sharp-witted but vulnerable mastermind, he is -- as "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau used to say -- "so money." To wit:


By Michael Cavna  | November 5, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  General, Superheroes, The Charts  | Tags:  Dean Haspiel, Iron Man, Nick Galifianakis, Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis  
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Thank you for swatting a mental gnat. When I first saw a recent movie promotion for a Zach Galifianakis film, I thought, "Hey! That looks like the guy in a lot of Nick Galifianakis' drawings! I wonder if they are related...." I've been meaning to research it. I think you just gave me my answer.

By the way, I think I have clipped and saved every single one (or most) of NG's cartoons accompanying the Carolyn Hax advice columns since The Washington Post first published her column. Among my favorites: "the brides", especially the radically pierced one from years ago. Many are rather yellow these days and becoming a bit brittle but still bring me pleasure, especially after dealing with the oft-times insanity of virile environments.

Posted by: zerodefect01 | November 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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