Ed Helms reveals he actually had his tooth removed for 'The Hangover'

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By Nika Shakhnazarova

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Ed Helms actually had one of his teeth removed for the hit 2009 comedy hit, The Hangover.

Across The Hangover trilogy, Helms' character Stu Price often finds himself in some sort of unfortunate situation when it comes to the group's drunken shenanigans.

In the first movie, he ends up marrying a stripper he didn't even know; in the sequel, he gets the same face tattoo that Mike Tyson sports, and has sex with someone he regrets; and by the end of the third film, he has a pair of fake breasts.

Watch Ed Helms open up about removing his tooth for the film (5:52 minute mark)

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Despite his vast collection of drunken mishaps in the films, one particular scene didn't need too much time when editing.

In the first movie, Zach Galifianakis' character Alan bet Stu he could pull out his own tooth to prove he was an amazing dentist, and there are even photos to prove it. In real life, it turns out he actually had it removed.

Appearing on Hot Ones to promote True Story With Ed and Randall earlier this month, The Office US star revealed the price he paid for audiences to have a laugh in The Hangover.

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Host Sean Evans asked if it's true there were no special effects as a result of Helms' adult incisor never actually growing in properly, to which Helms responded: "Yes, that is true."

"It was in the script, so right away once we got into preproduction, Todd [Phillips], the director, was like, 'How are we gonna do this? What are you comfortable with?' And I said, 'Well, I don't know. We'll talk to the visual effects guys,'" he added.

"And they said, 'Okay, we'll just try blacking it out.' So we did a little screen test just Halloween pirate costume-style with just some black on the tooth, which actually looks good in person, but on camera, it looks terrible."

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He continued: "I was like, 'I wasn't going to say anything, but this tooth is actually fake in my mouth. And I can ask my dentist if we could take it out.' I mean, it's been a permanent implant since I was a teenager. I went to my dentist and he said, 'Oh yeah, no problem.'"

The dentist explained how they'd simply remove the crown and put something in his gum to protect it and keep it healthy.

However, he had to go back and film The Office while all this was happening, so he had to wear a retainer which made him sound "drunk" because his tongue couldn't form words. "But, we got through it," he added.

Featured image credit: Sipa US / Alamy

Ed Helms reveals he actually had his tooth removed for 'The Hangover'

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By Nika Shakhnazarova

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Ed Helms actually had one of his teeth removed for the hit 2009 comedy hit, The Hangover.

Across The Hangover trilogy, Helms' character Stu Price often finds himself in some sort of unfortunate situation when it comes to the group's drunken shenanigans.

In the first movie, he ends up marrying a stripper he didn't even know; in the sequel, he gets the same face tattoo that Mike Tyson sports, and has sex with someone he regrets; and by the end of the third film, he has a pair of fake breasts.

Watch Ed Helms open up about removing his tooth for the film (5:52 minute mark)

[[youtubewidget||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5YxwFgRRCI]]

Despite his vast collection of drunken mishaps in the films, one particular scene didn't need too much time when editing.

In the first movie, Zach Galifianakis' character Alan bet Stu he could pull out his own tooth to prove he was an amazing dentist, and there are even photos to prove it. In real life, it turns out he actually had it removed.

Appearing on Hot Ones to promote True Story With Ed and Randall earlier this month, The Office US star revealed the price he paid for audiences to have a laugh in The Hangover.

[[imagecaption|| Credit: AA Film Archive / Alamy]]

Host Sean Evans asked if it's true there were no special effects as a result of Helms' adult incisor never actually growing in properly, to which Helms responded: "Yes, that is true."

"It was in the script, so right away once we got into preproduction, Todd [Phillips], the director, was like, 'How are we gonna do this? What are you comfortable with?' And I said, 'Well, I don't know. We'll talk to the visual effects guys,'" he added.

"And they said, 'Okay, we'll just try blacking it out.' So we did a little screen test just Halloween pirate costume-style with just some black on the tooth, which actually looks good in person, but on camera, it looks terrible."

[[imagecaption|| Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy]]

He continued: "I was like, 'I wasn't going to say anything, but this tooth is actually fake in my mouth. And I can ask my dentist if we could take it out.' I mean, it's been a permanent implant since I was a teenager. I went to my dentist and he said, 'Oh yeah, no problem.'"

The dentist explained how they'd simply remove the crown and put something in his gum to protect it and keep it healthy.

However, he had to go back and film The Office while all this was happening, so he had to wear a retainer which made him sound "drunk" because his tongue couldn't form words. "But, we got through it," he added.

Featured image credit: Sipa US / Alamy