Gibson was supposed to have appeared as a tattoo artist in Thailand, but reports say that Zach Galifianakis and some other members of the cast and crew were outraged at his casting, feeling he would damage their movie, and possibly even threatening to walk off the set if Gibson showed up, so director Todd Phillips made the call to remove Gibson and recast his role with Liam Neeson instead.
“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie, and I had the full backing of [Warner Bros. president] Jeff Robinov and his team,” Phillips said. “But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”
Gibson, of course, is an Oscar-winning director and actor who has fallen from grace after drunken anti-Semitic rants and the revelation of lurid details of his obscenely nasty verbal abuse of his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, who says he assaulted and threatened her. He’s reportedly furious about being fired from this potential comeback role, considering what the first The Hangover did for a man who was convicted for rape.
“He doesn’t understand why Mike Tyson, a drug user who turned his life around, was given a chance while Mel was kicked to the curb. Everybody deserves a second chance,” said a source close to Gibson, according to the New York Post.
So what do you think? Are The Hangover folks being hypocritical, or would Gibson’s controversial presence really damage their attempts at making a fun comedy?