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Heather Graham returns to the 'pack' in 'Hangover Part III'

Heather Graham is glad to be back on the Las Vegas Strip for “Hangover Part III.”
BY GEORGE LANG Assistant Entertainment Editor Modified: May 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm •  Published: May 22, 2013

— After missing one “Hangover,” Heather Graham is back in the “pack.”

Graham was disappointed that Jade, the luminous and lighthearted stripper she played in 2009's “The Hangover,” was not brought back for the second installment, and she was not the only one. Graham said she heard from a lot of fans who were hoping to see a relationship develop between her and Stu, the high-strung dentist played by Ed Helms.

“I thought that was a sweet love story, and then a lot of people came up afterward and were like, ‘Oh, I thought you and Stu should have ended up together,'” Graham said during a press day for “The Hangover Part III” at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. “For example, Billy Crystal — I ended up running into him — and he was like, “Why didn't you and Stu end up together?' I thought, ‘This is so cool. Billy Crystal cares.'”

But now, after skipping one film after “The Wolfpack” made a side-trip into disastrous morning afters in Thailand, Graham returns for the closing chapter of Todd Phillips' comic trilogy, which also stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong and John Goodman. But even when Phillips asked Graham to come back for the grand finale, he was guarded about the specifics of the latest adventure.

“You know, they were really top secret about the script,” Graham said. “He wrote me an email and said, ‘I wrote you into it.' And then he just sent my pages, so I didn't really know what was going on in the story. Even with the plot — we did a press junket earlier, and we weren't allowed to say anything. Now, I guess, we're allowed to talk about it.”

In the last big blowout, Phil (Cooper), Stu (Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) are taking Alan (Galifianakis) to a rehab center when they get waylaid at gunpoint by Marshall (Goodman), a crime boss with a major bone to pick with Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), who has escaped from a Thai prison. Forced to hunt down Chow, The Wolfpack find themselves back in familiar territory — amid the never-dimming lights of the Las Vegas Strip.

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