Post 'Mormon,' star Josh Gad swoops into Hollywood

By Sandy Cohen

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Sept. 19 2013 2:23 p.m. MDT

— "South Park": Gad says he's going to collaborate with Trey Parker and Matt Stone on an upcoming episode.

"I am so in love with them," he said. "It is just the greatest gift ever to see how these guys operate."

Besides Parker, Stone and Crystal, Gad cites Jon Stewart, Charlie Chaplin, Chris Farley, John Candy and John Belushi. The career he'd most like to emulate, though, is that of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

"I think of him as an all-around artist, and that is the legacy that I'd like to have eventually," Gad said.

He's got plenty on his plate meanwhile, and though he's at peace, he still feels more than a little pressure to keep everything happening.

"The more successful you become the more you have to prove, because there's much more room to fall," he said. "Before, when I was just a no-name and I was kind of taking shots in the dark, I had more opportunities that I could mess up. Now it's like I better be making the right choices, because it's going to be tough to work my way all the way back up."

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