Zach Galifianakis Quits Drinking After Spitting Fiasco

By Valerie Tejeda 05/20/13

The Hangover star tells Conan why he and the bottle are no longer friends in real life.

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Zach Galifianakis, star of the Hangover I, II and III, has decided to lay off the sauce after "getting into too much trouble with the drinking.” An incident during a recent drunken night out in Manhattan was the final straw for the 43-year-old actor, he related on Conan last week. “I was taking a long walk home, I'd gotten into the whiskey that night, and was listening to my headphones," said Galifianakis, when "this guy in a Jaguar cut me off." The actor drunkenly retaliated by hitting the Jaguar "as hard as I could with my hand." Shortly after, he recalled feeling a tap on his shoulder: "I turn around, it's two huge 6-foot-6 guys [from the Jaguar]. They both, at the same time, spit in my face!" The actor, known for his antics on-screen as well as off, asked if host Conan O'Brien could relate. "I don't know if you've ever been spit in the face non-sexually," said Galifianakis, "But all I remember is being so stunned. I remember reaching into a trash can and grabbing a beer bottle and saying out loud, 'Nobody spits in Galifianakis' face!'" He then threw the beer bottle at the car, but said it did not make contact. “You decided to cut back?” asked O'Brien, to which the actor replied, “...Yeah, cut back.” The Hangover III hits theaters this month.

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.

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