Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. seem like an odd pairing for a movie, which is precisely why director Todd Phillips chose the two actors for Due Date, his follow-up to The Hangover. The movie has an expectant father (Downey Jr.) traveling cross country to see his child’s birth, in the process ending up with an unlikely travel companion (Galifianakis).
Phillips told Collider that directing is mostly “about casting,”, though the first meeting between Galifianakis and Downey Jr. didn’t go as smoothly as he would have hoped.
It was awkward because Zach always makes very off-color jokes. Thinks that everybody’s on the same page as him. I know Zach well after doing The Hangover, and Robert was a little … we were at Robert’s house in fact and Zach was 15 minutes late because he rode his bicycle there. So he comes in all sweaty and like Zach does not look like Josh Duhamel. So he walks into Robert’s house, you know, sweaty and starts making some off-color remark that was a personal affront to Robert. I don’t want to get into what it was, and it just started off on the wrong foot. But that’s what the movie’s about. It’s about this left-footed relationship, so in one way it worked really well. [READ THE REST HERE]