UPDATE: Following the news yesterday that the cast and crew of 'The Hangover 2' revolted against Mel Gibson performing a cameo as a Bangkok tattoo artist comes word via Variety that Liam Neeson will step in and replace the troubled actor. Apparently Bradley Cooper was the one who asked Neeson to take it on after forming a close bond with the actor while shooting 'The A-Team'. "I just laughed my leg off when I saw 'The Hangover, I was shooting in Berlin earlier this year and rented it on the hotel TV," Neeson said, adding, "I just got a call to do a one day shoot on 'Hangover 2' as a tattooist in Thailand, and that's all I know about it."
Neeson isn't the most exciting actor, though he's built up a bit of an ass-kicking fanbase following his badass role in last year's 'Taken'. Could this part in 'The Hangover 2' show us a more comedic side to the actor? We'll see. Check out our original post from yesterday below ...
According to a statement from Warner Bros. (via Deadline), Mel Gibson will not have a cameo role as a Bangkok tattoo artist in 'The Hangover 2'. Director Todd Phillips issued this response: "I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew."
Word has it some of the cast were not happy with Gibson being in the film, with many people speculating that it was Zach Galifianakis who was spearheading the campaign against Gibson, saying recently that he was "in deep protest" regarding a movie he was working on. Naturally folks took that to mean he was protesting the Mel Gibson cameo.
It is interesting, as Deadline points out, that they had no problem with Mike Tyson making a cameo in the first film, despite the fact that he's been physical with women and, well, what hasn't Tyson done over the course of the past 20 years? Obviously Gibson is rubbing many in Hollywood the wrong way (which is why he lost representation with his agency), and we're beginning to see that spill over into his potential film roles. Question is whether this will be an isolated incident, or if more actors and actresses in Hollywood will protest against working with Gibson in the future.