‘Hangover Part III’: Is This Really The End?

Bradley Cooper and director Todd Phillips dig in with MTV News about a potential fourth movie.

This weekend, you’ll be able to catch the final chapter of “The Hangover” saga in theaters, but once the credits start to roll, you see that there’s nothing that could stop a potential fourth installment. So is “The Hangover Part III” really the last time we’ll see the Wolfpack?

They seem to think so.

When MTV News spoke with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and director Todd Phillips in Las Vegas, they spoke conclusively about their characters getting completely messed up and forgetting what happened the night before.

“You just realize that this is the story that we wanted to tell,” Phillips said. “This feels like a completion of our trilogy that’s really about friendship and mayhem put together. It just feels like the right thing.”

But to finish the story that started in “The Hangover” and “The Hangover Part II,” there was one character that needed significant development for there to be any ending: Galifianakis’ lovable buffoon Alan.

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“We just wanted to make sure it felt like closure. The key to that was feeling that the Alan character had moved on because he was the only loose thread with these guys,” Phillips said. “He was one that you’d be most worried about and going, ‘I wonder if that guy is OK?’ We wanted to make sure that he felt like he was in good hands or at least equally messed up hands.”

Cooper explained that the focus on Alan’s character and withdrawing from the first two films’ formulas helped “Part III” actually feel like a finale. “It’s a departure from the other two, in terms of structure. There’s no lost night. There’s no after-effect of alcohol,” Cooper said. “It’s really a character study about dealing with this guy who has been really driving the narrative for the first two movies based on his shenanigans.”

Despite an openness left at the end of the movie, all three of the main castmembers insisted there was no future beyond “Part III.” “When ['Part III'] was proposed, it was like, ‘Let’s end it. Let’s do one more to end it,’ ” Cooper said.

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But could a major studio like Warner Bros. ever let a billion-dollar franchise just fade away? Phillips suggested that it’s possible that we could see the “Hangover” title used for other characters in similar situations. “That might happen. Warner Bros. might do that, but for this group of guys, this crew of actors, and this thing, this is the end,” he said. “In 10 years, they could reboot it and do it with other actors for sure.”

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