VIDEO: Todd Phillips Slugs It Out With Another Interviewer
Regardless of what happens critically or commercially with The Hangover Part II, director Todd Phillips has established himself as nothing less than Hollywood's reigning press-tour pugilist. Not literally, of course -- no one has footage of him punching interrogators' teeth into the backs of their throats (yet) -- but rather with candid, confrontational aplomb, as featured in a new video interview.
We at Movieline know Phillips' good side and bad side from experience, and while volatility can often be refreshing in these long junket slogs, it's much more entertaining to observe something like his give-and-take with Movie City News editor David Poland. Here you'll find such gregarious Phillips zeal as, "Let's do it, because it's going to be aggressive; I'm not a fan of Poland's or the site" and, "You might be the worst box-office prognosticator on the planet Earth" uttered within the first two minutes of Poland's 30-minute interview. One wag said it's better than The Hangover Part II; I don't know yet, myself, and it actually does settle down after a bit. But by the time Phillips is picking a bug out of his paper cup wine, it really is pretty funny.