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There’s no doubt that you’ve heard of (if not seen) this movie at least once since it hit the big screen five years ago. While it may have seemed like just another stupid bromance comedy at the time, The Hangover soon proved to be one of the most successful films of its kind, grossing nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. It even won a Golden Globe in 2010 for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical!
The story follows three friends, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) who have traveled to Las Vegas for a bachelor party for their friend Doug (Justin Bartha). One problem: They have no idea what happened to Doug or what they were up to the night before. The group is forced to retrace all of their steps.
Love The Hangover? Find out what all of these actors and actresses are doing now—aside from starring in The Hangover Part II and Part III, of course—now. Sadly, we’re not so sure what the tiger has been up to in the last few years.
Since appearing in The Hangover, Bradley Cooper’s career has exploded, with roles in two hit David O. Russell films, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, both of which earned him Academy Award nominations. Cooper also has a few projects in the works, including teaming up with Jennifer Lawrence once again in Serena and voicing comic-book hero Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, both due out later this year.
Fans of TV show The Office were already familiar with Ed Helms, but The Hangover catapulted him even further into the spotlight. While The Office is now finished, he has made appearances on Fox’s The Mindy Project and Arrested Development. He also appeared in a music video for Mumford and Sons’ “Hopeless Wanderer” along with a few other popular comedians. Helms has a couple projects in the works, including Stretch, a comedy to hit theaters this year, and he’s also set to do the voice of Captain Underpants in the upcoming animated film based on the popular kids’ book series.
Zach Galifianakis’ bizarre character Alan has a way of stealing scenes and provided The Hangover series with some of its funniest moments. Aside from Hangover sequels, Galifianakis has also had roles in Dinner for Schmucks, Due Date, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, and in HBO’s Emmy Award-winning Bored to Death. Plus, he continues to host his online comedy show Between Two Ferns. Look out for his two films coming out later this year: Muppets Most Wanted and Birdman.
After his role as the soon-to-be-married Doug, Justin Bartha reprised his role in the film series’ two sequels. In additions, he’s appeared in many films, including Holy Rollers, Dark Horse and CBGB. He also played the lead in NBC’s series The New Normal. Currently, he has no new projects in the works. How about The Hangover Part IV?
It wouldn’t be a bachelor party movie without a stripper...and in The Hangover, Heather Graham plays the part of exotic dancer Jade for laughs. While she’s been in plenty of other films, including Swingers and TV shows, she was most recently in the made-for-TV movie Flowers in the Attic. Keep an eye out for her upcoming films Goodbye to All That, Behaving Badly and My Dead Boyfriend.
While Sasha Barrese only appears in a few scenes in the original Hangover film, as Doug’s fiancé and very soon-to-be bride, she had a bigger role in the subsequent sequels. Barrese hasn’t appeared in many other films since 2009, but she has had a few television roles on shows like TNT’s Trauma and NBC’s Leverage. She’s also done voice work for Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken.
Ken Jeong has had a wildly successful acting career since his breakout role in The Hangover as the Chinese gangster Mr. Chow. Aside from continuing with the movie series, he’s also appeared in Couples Retreat, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Zookeeper and did voices for both of Pixar’s Despicable Me movies. Plus, he’s a regular on NBC’s screwball comedy Community. Look out for his next projects, Ktown Cowboys and the animated Norm of the North.
After playing Melissa, Stu’s long-term (and rather mean) girlfriend, Rachael Harris became one of the few main cast members to not appear in the later two sequels (Stu did leave her for the stripper, after all). But Harris has had plenty of roles since then, including as the title character’s mom in three Diary of a Wimpy Kid films. She also did voice work for Wreck-It Ralph and has appeared in multiple television shows like FOX’s New Girl and USA’s Suits. She currently has multiple films in the works, including Sun Belt Express and Barely Lethal, which will both hit theaters this year.
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