Zach Galifianakis admits he’s done work he didn’t ”like” because it ”paid the bills.”
The Hangover star insists actors can’t be ”choosy” when they are first beginning their careers but he isn’t ashamed of his early roles because he knew they were projects he had to work on for the sake of progression.
He said: ”When you first start doing this weird business, you look for work that you know helps you maintain a life so you can pay off your rent and all that stuff. You can’t be that choosy, that’s just the way it is. Some people can be choosy because they’re ultra-talented or lucky or whatever, but yeah, there are certain things that might not be the greatest thing on my resumé.
”But I don’t sit back and go, ‘Gosh, I wish I didn’t do that.’ It’s all part of the growth of a career, whether you’re an entertainer or a librarian. We all take work that we don’t really agree with or like. You have to do it because that’s what pays the bills.
”But I’m real lucky — and I was even in the early days, when I wasn’t getting any jobs — because I always had stand-up to fall back on. I could always do that.”
Zach can next be seen playing aspiring clown Chip Baskets in the FX comedy Baskets and is enjoying how freeing creatively working in TV has been.
He told Vulture: ”Boy, I tell you, FX has been so easy and nice. Creatively, there’s been no, ‘Oh, you’ve got to go hop on the phone with the executive about the casting decision of the third episode.’ That s**t happens a lot. But I think TV has become the more artful place to go, whereas the movie business seems to be controlled by guys who used to run hedge funds.”