Mel Gibson's Hangover 2 Cameo Canceled
10.22.10 by Ryan
Last year's comedy hit Hangover featured a cameo from former boxer Mike Tyson which saw Tyson sing Phil Collins songs and punch out Zach Galifianakis and proved that even a convicted rapist's public image can be improved if it looks like he can laugh at himself.
Mel Gibson was looking for a similar rejuvenation in The Hangover 2 in a cameo that would have seen Gibson play a Bangkok tattoo artist if the news of the casting hadn't set off an internal backlash within the production, forcing the producers to retract the offer.
"I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team," said director Todd Phillips in a statement. "But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew."
Galifianakis seemingly was in support of Gibson, revealing his frustration in a podcast (via Vulture).
But a movie you're acting in, you don't have a lot of control — you just show up and vomit your lines out. I'm not the boss. 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.
When pressed if Galifianakis was frustrated about The Hangover 2, the actor responded, "It has something to do with a movie I'm working on, yeah. I'll tell you about it later. It's very frustrating."
Of course, Galifianakis could be responding to another matter on the Hangover 2 set, and not the cancellation of Gibson's cameo.