Talking sanity, books and acid with Zach Galifianakis

The star of 'It's Kind of a Funny Story' can see himself in a mental institution

Zach Galifianakis sat down with Maclean’s to discuss his latest film, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, in which he plays Bobby, a mental institution patient who becomes the mentor of an overburdened teenager who has checked himself into a psychiatric ward. Bobby doesn’t have much back story, but you know he’s a father and that his family isn’t happy with his decision to go to an institution. Galifianakis plays it with his trademark oddity, but is more lovable and wise than in other roles.

He spoke about the North American addiction to perscription drugs, why a mental home could make a good vacation spot, and at the beginning of the video, he’s talking about Aldous Huxley’s dystopian sci-fi opus, Brave New World—and acid.

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