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'Hangover 3': Newport gets explosive cameo in movie trailer

March 15, 2013 | 12:34 pm

Yes, this is why they closed down the 73 toll road in coastal Orange County last fall.

A massive pile-up on the highway when Zach Galifianakis barrels toward an underpass while towing a giraffe in a trailer behind his convertible. A giraffe? Why not.

"My name's Alan and I bought a giraffe. My life is great!" he shouts to a kid in another car as he zips past.

An exit sign for University Drive and MacArthur Boulevard looms in the distance.

"The Hangover Part III," Newport Beach’s big cameo.

The final installment in the guys-getting-in-trouble trilogy comes out on Memorial Day. The San Joaquin Hills tollway was closed down last October to film a road mayhem scene that can be glimpsed in the movie’s latest trailer.

Warner Bros. ended up paying the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor for lost toll revenue, as well as a $10,000 a day location fee. Not everybody, including some business owners and several local politicians, was delighted with the deal.

The studio later took out an ad in the Orange County Register, thanking locals for their “patience.”

We know that traffic disruptions can be unpleasant and that many of you, particularly the communities of Irvine, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, were impacted by the closure of a section of SR-73," the ad read. "Your understanding is greatly appreciated and went a long way to making this a successful shoot."

It’s back to Las Vegas in "Hangover 3." This time there is no bachelor party, no wedding, but one imagines that trouble abounds.

And yes, Mike Tyson is back.

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--Nardine Saad and Steve Marble

 

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