For the third and final chapter of the record-breaking R-rated comedy franchise “The Hangover," the original gang has been assembled for one last raucous romp. Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham and even baby Tyler (or Carlos, so named by Galifianakis’s character Alan).
People magazine reports that Tyler, who in 2009 was played mostly by baby brother-sister twins Grant and Avery Holmquist, is all grown up now and a fun part of the story in the third film. This time around, Tyler is played only by Grant, who at age 4 at the time of filming, won the role despite an initial casting call for 6-year-old actors.
When asked about the choice, director Todd Phillips told HitFix that he "had to” use the original kiddo in the part because everyone loved the bond between Alan and Tyler/Carlos in the first “Hangover” movie. In writing that scene Phillips said he knew the reunion would play well for the audience.
The twins’ mom, Carrie, told People that Grant is an especially big fan of his scene partner Galifianakis.
"Zach did an amazing job loosening Grant up," she said. "He's the type of kid who's very analytical and intelligent. So he kind of walks into a room and takes it all in first so it was really nice to have those personalities warm up to him."
Carrie also revealed that Grant has a special nickname for his friend. "When he sees him in the trailer or in the paper, he'll go, 'Oh, there's Zachy!' He's taken to calling him Zachy," she said. "Grant loves him."
Be sure to watch out for Tyler's/Carlos’s return when “The Hangover Part III” hits theaters on May 23.