Rob Riggle

Comedy Central

Rob Riggle may not be the most famous actor in this town, but he sure is everywhere these days.

Not only has he made a name for himself on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, but he's also appeared in movies like The Hangover and The Other Guys.

He has projects coming up with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Channing Tatum and Mark Wahlberg. His latest Funny or Die video about Michael Bolton premiered earlier today.

And there's more. Read on to find out what the 41-year-old Louisville native just told me about working with the A-list, getting free shower gel for life and his thoughts on Osama bin Laden.

In Larry Crowne with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, you play the boss who has to fire Hank's character. What did it feel like to tell Tom Hanks he's fired?
Surreal. When all of a sudden they get the lights up, makeup is done and everything's ready to roll and someone yells "action" and you're doing a scene with Tom Hanks, you're like, "Wow, this is really happening." You can't help but have a little out-of-body experience.

You just started shooting 21 Jump Street with Channing Tatum. Is the movie like the original TV show or completely reinvented?
Obviously, it's pulled from the series, but I can't give too much away. I can say we're two weeks into it and we're having a blast.

You're hosting a web series for Axe Shower gel to promote its new packaging. So you must get a lifetime supply of shower gel now, right?
I wish. You know, I didn't ask that question and I hope I have a good enough agent that I got that.

You served in the Marines and you're still a reservist. Not to get all heavy on you, but I do want to ask you about Osama bin Laden. (FYI: Riggle has earned more than 19 medals and ribbons as a combat veteran having served in Liberia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.)
I think I'm pretty much like every other American. I feel really relieved, happy that this person who created so much death and destruction for so long is finally gone. That's something to feel good about.

Do you think the White House should release the photos to help prove to people that he's really dead?
There's nothing you can do about conspiracy theorists. Unless they were actually there to pull the trigger, they still wouldn't believe it. I think President Obama not releasing the pictures is probably the right decision.

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