9:07 am - 07/23/2014

Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson pretend to be The National


The National's Mistaken for Strangers turned out to be less of a traditional rockumentary than a fascinating portrait of two brothers who couldn't be less alike. Now, Zach Galifianakis has his heart set on turning the story of brothers Matt and Tom Berninger into an intense, emotionally harrowing theatrical production, as chronicled in this excellent new Funny or Die sketch, in which Zach Galifianakis as his real-life doppelganger Tom Berninger and Galifianakis’ Bored To Death co-star Ted Danson plays Matt for the stage version of the documentary. The best part of the video comes when Matt gives Danson advice on how to do that whole precarious walking-over-the-crowd thing that he does at so many shows.


Video at source :/  Mistaken for Strangers: The Play from Funny Or Die


A version of Mistaken For Strangers with a whole lot of bonus footage is out now at iTunes and on DVD.

"There is some extra footage out there. Some of it's so bad, though!" Tom said, to which Matt joked: "That's what's good about it."
Matt added: "There's gonna be a huge bonus version of it. The plan is well under way and Tom is working on it right now. There's no hope - it's definitely happening."

Of the funny scene where The National's drummer Bryan Devendorf is filmed naked in the shower, Tom joked: "I have the rest of the guys in their own shower scenes [on extra footage]. But I thought Bryan was the sexiest so I left him in."


[really liked this documentary -- more about dealing w/ a more successful sibling and finding your own path in life than just about The National. did not know enough people watched it that they'd make a sketch about it though.]

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scriptedending 23rd-Jul-2014 04:18 pm (UTC)
Loved the documentary! This is fun.
warsawed 23rd-Jul-2014 04:18 pm (UTC)
I love this movie, I've seen it twice lol. Tom is annoying but adorable
bob_benson 23rd-Jul-2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
i felt so bad for the tour manager who had to deal w/ Tom.
whiskybars 23rd-Jul-2014 04:21 pm (UTC)
the doc was fantastic! way more touching and hilarious than i was expecting.
bob_benson 23rd-Jul-2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
i went in not knowing where it was going, so the end between Tom and Matt was surprisingly emotional for me.
heroicattempt 23rd-Jul-2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
Where can I watch this doc?
soft_volume 23rd-Jul-2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
not the OC but bless you!
saintvlas22 23rd-Jul-2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
Ted Danson could get it still.
stormydown 23rd-Jul-2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'm dying. Dead.
milkradio 23rd-Jul-2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
I saw this movie at Hot Docs earlier this year and it was soooo good. I knew nothing about The National (beyond covering The Rains of Castamere for Game of Thrones) and still loved it.
milkradio 24th-Jul-2014 02:51 am (UTC)
omg I'd forgotten this one! So okay I knew two songs. ...And I guess I heard a song or two on the radio, but never knew it was The National. idk!
bob_benson 24th-Jul-2014 03:35 am (UTC)
yeah i wouldn't judge them by the gravyboat song necessarily :)
although i would die of happiness if they ever sang it in concert.
bucjo 23rd-Jul-2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
Basically got motorboated by Matt at the Dublin gig on Saturday before having my head pushed against his, having his sweaty wet hair drip on me yelling "it takes an ocean to break!" ...why I do not know.

Need gif of Matt telling Ted he's doing it wrong. I love old Ted Danson.
bob_benson 23rd-Jul-2014 10:20 pm (UTC)
ngl i'm slightly jealous. good show though?
bucjo 24th-Jul-2014 06:34 am (UTC)
Fucking fantastic, best setlist out of the 9 times I had seen them. Owen Pallett joined them for two songs including 90 mile water wall. Went night before as well and was absolutely drunk with some Irish and American fans I met during the support act. Ireland hands down is best place to see them, such friendly passionate people. London is the worse.
prophecypro 23rd-Jul-2014 10:56 pm (UTC)
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