Remember when Mike Tyson’s cameo in The Hangover was billed as part of his “comeback”? Well, Mel Gibson’s people were hoping for the same thing — a quick appearance in the sure-to-be-a-hit sequel would’ve been the troubled actor/director’s first step toward rebuilding his image in the public eye after several years of… well… you know. (Perhaps no one told Gibson’s PR team that Tyson later admitted to using the money he got from his Hangover gig to fuel his drug habit at the time… ?)
But it’s not gonna happen. Gibson had originally been tapped to play a “pivotal” role, rumored to be an aging tattoo artist with a temper that the guys run into during their exploits in Bangkok. Now it’s Liam Neeson’s part.
So what happened? Director Todd Phillips insists that Gibson was never “fired” from the film because he’d never been officially hired. “It wasn’t like we fired somebody. [Gibson] was just doing a favor from the beginning,” he told People. The reason for the switcheroo seems to have been discord among the “family” comprised of the sequel’s cast and crew. Though Phillips was quick to say Zach Galifianakis was not the leader of the Get Rid of Mel movement, the funnyman had told a radio show weeks prior that he was in “deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something.” Now the controversy is kaput.
You all already know how I feel about this: I’m glad Gibson’s out and Neeson’s in. What’s your take? Or does none of this even matter because the sequel’s never going to be able to live up to the original anyway?
- Yearning for pre-TOTALLY-crazy Mel? Check out Edge of Darkness. (Read Locke’s review.)
- Prefer the kind of comedic relief that only Zach Galifianakis can offer? Then reserve a copy of Youth in Revolt.
- Or see Serious Zach make a brief, heart-wrenching appearance alongside George Clooney in Up in the Air