By Panos Kontogiannis
Awarded as the best comic actor at the “Mtv Movie Awards 2010” for his role in the movie “Hangover”, Greek American actor Zach Galifianakis managed having a secondary role to win the impressions in teen comedy “Tend Fillips” which generated $150 million dollars in its first three weeks.
Zach Galifianakis after his success in the movie “Hangover”, is releasing a new movie under the title of “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” an is about to air in America.
Promoting his new movie and in the beginning of the new season of “Bored to Death” , Zach Galifianakis surprised once again his American viewers on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show a few days ago. In an amusing interview he spoke about everything and everybody, his free time in his own farm,and his opinion on the decoration of the oval office in the White House.
Zach Galifianakis’ new movie is about a depressed teenager and his efforts to make a new start after his confinement in a minor’s psychiatric institution. He meets with another inmate Bobby who helps him win the girl of his dreams.
In the new season of the comic series “Bored to Death”, Zach participates in numerous laughable situations which will ensure many smiles on American viewers and the Greek community of America.
But who is this bearded actor, comedian and writer with his round belly and the funny looks who in his forties has an excellent career in American showbiz?!
Zak Galifianakis is child of Greek immigrants oringinationg from Crete. He was born in 1969 in a quite city in North Carolina. He abandoned his university studies in NC to follow his dream to be an actor. He moved to New York and worked in a fast food restaurant in Times Square, in clubs and coffee houses, and as a ticket collector in buses.
The outbreak in the showbiz world came with his first role in the comedy “Boston Common” of NBC Television Network. He also has made many stands up comedies. He took roles in after midnight shows such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and television series such as the comdedy “Jack Pot in Love” starring Cameron Diaz and Aston Couther and Sean Penn’s Oscar nominated movie “Trip to the Wild Nature”
Zach Galifianakis may not speak Greek but he does not renounce his Greek routes.
“I am aware of Aristophanes, Aristotle, Odysseus, Maik Dukakis, John Birdlimes, Katina Paxinou, Telis Savalas, Nick the Greek, Karagiozis but not Karamanlis and Papandreou. I have heard of them but they’d better govern as Greeks…Satire is Greek, starting from ancient Greece as every word with a high and spiritual content does. I could run a whole show using only Greek words from the English language dictionary which from what I’ve heard come from the language of Greek children who try to speak English.”
As an original comedian he could not make fun of his Greek routes, remembering his childhood years when after every family lunch the entire house smelled of garlic and smoke. He loves tzatziki and knows how to prepare it.
He traveled to Crete for the first time when he was 14 and since then he often visits the island as he loves it so much. When it’s time to return to America he is emotionally depressed as he loves his homeland and all it has to offer.
By Panos Kontogiannis