Hangover 2, the sequel to wildy popular and successful 2009 R-rated comedy, was supposed to feature Mel Gibson in a cameo role as a tattoo artist. However, he's been booted from the movie, presumably due to his recent unflattering escapades. Liam Neeson has been flown in to replace him.
The studio approved the cameo, but apparently somebody else didn't, according to director Todd Philips.
Director Todd Phillips released a statement on Thursday after Gibson was cut:
"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."
Rumor has it that it was Zack Galifianakis that wanted Gibson out. In a recent podcast, Galifianakis remarked:
"I'm in a deep protest right now with a movie I'm working on, up in arms about something. But I can't get the guys to [listen] ... I'm not making any leeway."
If he is talking about this situation, then obviously he got someone to listen eventually. It's good of Philips to make the effort to please his cast and crew. He probably could've went "because I'm the director, that's why" and had Gibson in there despite complaints, but he clearly didn't. Hopefully there's no poor feelings about Gibson getting cut, though given his recent behavior, I doubt there is.
Gibson is no stranger to causing controversy with his mouth, like in 2006 when he was busted for a DUI and proceeded to spout anti-semetic remarks at the arresting officers. His latest gaffe came in July of this year, when a voicemail was made public that included Gibson making racist and sexist remarks. The message was directed towards former partner Oksana Grigorieva, who holds a domestic violence-related restraining order against the actor.
That same month, Gibson was dropped by the William Morris Endeavor agency for directing racist comments towards Latino employees of his.