By Terri Schwartz
OK, well maybe IMDb’s STARmeter isn’t saying that Zach Galifianakis is technically hotter than Taylor Lautner, but it is saying that, this week, "The Hangover" star is beating out Taylor, Johnny Depp and Christian Bale as Hollywood’s sixth most popular star.
The STARmeter is determined by how many views certain stars receive each week, and then ranks them accordingly. Unsurprisingly, Taylor's fellow "Twilight" stud Robert Pattinson is #1 on the chart (he has been in the top 10 for the past 36 weeks and #1 for 22 of them — wow!), followed by Zach’s "Hangover" co-star Bradley Cooper at #2 and "The Proposal" hottie Ryan Reynolds at #5.
Should you have heard about Zach Galifianakis before this? Most definitely. "The Hangover" — which currently resides at #1 on IMDb’s MOVIEmeter — is Zach’s breakout role (he was #244 on the STARmeter a month ago and 1,892 a month before that!), but for a comedian who has been through his share of Hollywood ups and downs, don’t expect him to slide back into the higher slots any time soon.
Zach has been on the comedy scene for more than 10 years now, working the indie stand-up circuit and appearing on an array of shows like Comedy Central’s special "The Comedians of Comedy," Adult Swim’s "Tim and Eric Awesome Show," Fox’s "Tru Calling" and even headlining VH1’s short-lived "Late World With Zach." New fans can also dial back and find him in films like "Into the Wild," "What Happens in Vegas" and "Gigantic," and anyone wondering why Kanye West’s "Can’t Tell Me Nothing" video showed a short, stocky, red-bearded man driving a tractor — the video was filmed at Zach’s farm in North Carolina — now has their answer.
Though he has four additional films due out in 2009, he also has a hysterical-looking HBO series with Jason Schwartzman coming up called "Bored to Death."
It’s a long time until 2011 and "The Hangover 2," so do yourself a favor from now until then: rent "Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion," try to handle the hilarity of Zach interviewing stars like Natalie Portman and Michael Cera on "Between Two Ferns" and YouTube every stand-up segment of his you can find. You will not be disappointed.
After all, he does have the power to beat out a star from "Twilight," so you should get to know him now.
What do you think about Zach? Will his star only rise from here?