Who was Zach Galifianakis’ date to The Hangover III premiere last night? His 87-year-old friend, who he also helped save from homelessness, Mimi Haist. Before Galifianakis made it in Hollywood as a movie star, he was just a normal guy who regularly visited his local laundromat. It was there, almost 20 years ago, that he met Haist, an elderly woman who worked for tips. Following the breakout success of the Hangover, Galifianakis no longer needed to go to the laundromat, but when he found out that Haist—who is now 87 years old—had become homeless, he knew he could help. For the last two years, the comedian has paid the rent and utilities bill for an apartment that he found for Haist to make sure she doesn’t have to live on the street. She’s also been his date for all of his big movie premieres. Thanks to all the attention she’s getting, unlike at the premiere of The Hangover II, people definitely knew who she was this time around.
At the premiere last night Hollywood, the comedian also said that he felt “silly doing a red carpet thing” in light of the tornados that devastated parts of Oklahoma earlier that afternoon. He told a reporter from USA Today, “All of this is very bizarre to me and silly. The worship of celebrity culture is bad for our culture, to be honest. And I think this is bizarre, all of it is bizarre. But as far as Oklahoma, obviously, you just hope and pray that things will turn up" ... Discuss