‘Hangover Part III’ cast talk film’s crossover appeal and Kanye West music

VIDEO - During an interview with theGrio, the cast of 'The Hangover' talk about Kanye West's musical influence on the film franchise and the movie's crossover appeal...

Luther Vandross was outed as gay after his death.

The Hangover Part III, in theaters this weekend, is the epic conclusion to an adventure of mayhem and disaster that has captured the attention of film lovers for the past four years.

The final installment of The Hangover brings friends Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis together again to kidnap Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) and fend off a murderous gangster played by John Goodman.

The Hangover Part III also features Mike Epps reprising his role as the drug dealer Black Doug seen in the first movie.

“I’m glad that they brought me back,” Epps said during a recent interview.  “I’m playing a black guy again in the movie.”

During an interview with theGrio, the cast of The Hangover Part III talked about the influence of hip-hop music on the film franchise and also the movies’ ability to resonate well with diverse audiences.

“The series have really utilized some really great hip-hop, like Kanye [West], they’ve used a couple Kanye songs,” Jeong said. “I think they’ve actually done an amazing job with the soundtrack. It’s really iconic when you’re playing Kanye in the first movie and you’re going into Vegas. I love that sequence.”

When asked why The Hangover films seem to have crossover appeal, Cooper said that moviegoers, regardless of their ethnicity, want to be a part of the Wolfpack.

“There’s a feeling that you want to hang out with these guys,” Cooper said. “There’s a feeling of wanting to be a part of the Wolfpack, which is kind of a magical thing that was created. Also there’s this universality of physical comedy. There’s a lot of physical comedy as opposed to just verbal comedy.”

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