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Zach Galifianakis on his new role in Missing Link and a career of playing outsiders

Galifianakis, best known for his role in the Hangover franchise, joined q's Tom Power to talk about the pitfalls of fame and the "vapid" Hollywood scene.

Galifianakis told q's Tom Power that he typically plays ‘loners or people that are always looking for friends’

Actor Zach Galifianakis attends the Missing Link New York Premiere at Regal Cinema Battery Park on April 7, 2019 in New York City. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
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In the new stop-motion animation film Missing Link, a lonely Sasquatch, voiced by Zach Galifianakis, tries to find long lost relatives on the other side of the world.

In a conversation with q's Tom Power, Galifianakis said he typically finds himself in roles as "loners or people that are always looking for friends." He doesn't necessarily seek out these parts, but he's happy to play them regardless. 

"I know people like that in real life and I have a big heart for people like that," Galifianakis told Power. "I have certainly been not invited to the party many times. ... Some of these characters I do are relatable, and that's kind of why I take them. I understand that."

While Galifianakis is far from being a 650-pound Sasquatch who's trying to keep a low-profile among humans, he said he's familiar with the feeling that you don't belong. Hailing from a small town in the southern U.S., Galifianakis sometimes still feels out of place in the Hollywood world of glitz and glamour.

Despite finding success in the Hangover franchise 10 years ago, Galifianakis said that he doesn't "accept the Hollywood-ness of the system." For instance, he combats celebrity culture by playing a version of himself on his popular parody show Between Two Ferns, which is a critique of how celebrities are interviewed by the media.

"I think if you're a real artist, you don't care about that. And I'm not saying I'm a real artist whatsoever, but I just do not care about [Hollywood's] extra-curricular activities."

Missing Link is in theatres on Friday, April 12.

Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the full interview.

— Produced by Catherine Stockhausen. Written by Miguel Santa Maria.

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