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5/21/13 at 10:43 AM 0 Comments

'Hangover III' Star Highlights Homelessness on the Red Carpet

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Zach Galifianakis, known for his comedic hijinks, made a mature entrance to the Hangover III movie premiere Monday. The 43-year-old actor entered the premiere with a homeless laundry worker on his arm according to reports from the Daily Mail and Time Magazine's Newsfeed.

Both publications state that Galifianakis, who was raised Greek Orthodox, befriended 87-year-old Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist in 1994. It is unclear whether Haist was homeless when Galifianakis initially met the local laundromat volunteer. However both publications report that Haist was living off of patrons' tips.

When Galifianakis found out that Haist was homeless two years ago, he found her an apartment and began taking her to his movie premieres such as The Campaign and The Hangover 2. Galifianakis pays for her rent and utilities. He also enlisted actress Renee Zellweger to furnish her apartment.

The actor's actions are extraordinary and Christ-like. Jesus said in Matthew 25:45 "He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’"

Galifianakis grew up in a working class Greek family. The comic told the ThatOtherPaper.com in 2007 that he was baptized in the Greek Orthodox church as a child but said he and his siblings “made a complete mockery of it.”

He also told the Austin paper that conservative groups have hijacked the teaching of Jesus Christ. He said of Jesus’ teachings “I think if Jesus were to come back he would more likely hang out with low-lifes and perhaps be in a really bad cover band, but do his good work.”

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