Earlier this week, the news broke that Mel Gibson was set for a cameo in next summer’s highly anticipated comedy sequel The Hangover 2, a move that mirrored Mike Tyson’s inclusion in the original. The decision to include the troubled actor in the movie didn’t sit well with certain unnamed individuals on set, which has led director Todd Phillips to axing the cameo altogether.
Phillips owns the franchise rights to The Hangover and has final say in what happens with the sequel. In an official statement from Warner Bros., the director made it clear that he wants to keep his cast and crew happy, and sided with them in the decision to cancel Mel Gibson’s cameo. Here is what Todd Phillips had to say:
Some speculate that Zach Galifianakis was one of the ringleaders behind getting Mel Gibson removed from the set. Vulture reported on comments the comedian made while appearing on the Comedy Death-Ray Podcast, and they believed that Galifianakis was talking about the inclusion of Gibson in the sequel. Here are his comments:
Mel Gibson was set to play a Bangkok tattoo artist. There is no word on whether the role will be recast, or if the scene involving his character will be completely omitted from the script.
The Hangover 2 comes to theaters May 26th, 2011 and stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong. The film is directed by Todd Phillips.