Ed Helms finds meaning in 'Father Figures'

From left, Owen Wilson as Kyle Reynolds, Ed Helms as Peter Reynolds and Terry Bradshaw as Terry Bradshaw in the film, “Father Figures.”

LOS ANGELES — Ed Helms is best known  for starring in the raunchy Hangover film trilogy and the slapsticky Vacation reboot — but he feels his latest role in Father Figures as a proctologist is unique.

“What really drew me to this film is that the script is funny as hell,” Helms said in a recent interview. “But what I really like is how life-affirming it is. It’s got a very poignant message to it. At the end of the day, I wanted to send some more positive energy out into the world.”

In the film Helms plays Peter Reynolds. Together, with his more laid-back brother Kyle, played by Owen Wilson, they learn from their mom (Glenn Close) that the man they always thought was their dad isn’t — and go in a search for their real father.

“Yeah, reading for a script and projects you want to work on, there’s a lot more going on in this one,” Helms said. “I mean, I loved Vacation and working with Christina Applegate, but that is really [straight] comedy. In this one, while it has a lot of great comedy as well, it calls for more shades and maturation as an actor. It’s a thrill! It’s always fun to stretch as an actor!”

Helms admits his character is “jaded” and that it is taking a chance to do a film some may feel has too many serious elements.

“Yeah..I look at it like there’s a risk in everything you do,” he said. “The only thing you have to fall back on is do you live it and put yourself out there? So, I have no idea how it’ll be received. If it’ll be loved or hated.

“But I know that I love it, I’m proud of it and I had a great time making it.”