Zach Galifianakis is considering returning to his Greek roots for a potential upcoming film project. The actor and comedian told various news outlets during interviews to promote “The Hangover Part III” that he would like to make a film on the Battle of Crete.
Galifianakis’ father is from the island, and he says he would put his comedic abilities aside for a war drama if it involved the famous battle.
Fought during WWII, the Battle of Crete began May 20, 1941 when German forces invaded the island. Greeks and their allies defended Crete, causing a large amount of German casualties after one day. The next day, however, the Germans ended up taking over the Maleme airfield and the fight continued until June 1, 1941.
The Battle of Crete was unprecedented in three respects: it was the first mainly airborne invasion; the first time the Allies made significant use of intelligence from the deciphered German Enigma code; and the first time invading German troops encountered mass resistance from a civilian population.
Galifianakis has already written the script for the film, and would also star in it. He says he would have to brush up on his Greek first, especially since he hopes to go into production fairly soon.
“I will try to make a film in Greece…within the next two years,” he told Ethnos newspaper in a recent interview.
Check out Greek Reporter‘s interview with Galifianakis at “The Hangover Part III” premiere in Los Angeles, where he told us some of his favorite things about Greece: