Liam Neeson Asked to Cameo in The Hangover 2 Via Text
02.17.11 by Ryan
Mel Gibson was originally set to cameo as a Bangkok tattoo artist in the upcoming sequel The Hangover 2 before his casting upset the crew and was eventually dismissed. Liam Neeson took over the role in the sequel, with his The A-Team co-star Bradley Cooper reportedly being "instrumental" in getting Neeson to agree to the cameo. While appearing on The Tonight Show (via Monsters and Critics), Neeson explained how "instrumental" Cooper really was.
[Previously] I said to Bradley, "Look, I will do anything in Hangover 2, you know, just open the door...the concierge...anything, you know, just to be with you guys." And then, one night, I was sitting [at home], I had put the kids to bed, I was watching TV, I was having a glass of wine, and I suddenly got this text from Bradley. It said, "Do you want to be in Hangover 2?" I was like, [pretends to sip his wine, then text] "Yeah. When?" And he texts back, "Tomorrow?" I went, [pretends to sip again] "Yeah."
Neeson admitted he had no idea about the Gibson "brouhaha" at the time he agreed to the cameo, but once Neeson agreed, the cameo became tailor maid for the actor. In a recent interview with MTV, Neeson explained that the cameo instantly became "Irish."
I play an Irish tattooist, strangely enough, living in Bangkok. At least I made him Irish. I get covered in tattoos... shamrocks, "I Love Ireland," all stamped over me.
The cameo only took Neeson a day to shoot, and didn't require a trip to Thailand. Neeson said that the "intense" shoot took place on a Warner Bros. set that was made to look like Thailand.
It was pretty intense. I was only there for one day — a Sunday, as far as I remember. But it was good to be with Bradley Cooper — he's a buddy — and the other two gentlemen [Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms] I'd never met them before, but I love what they do. The three of them are just, they reinvent the Three Stooges in a very funny way.
The rest of the cast did shoot in Thailand, as the sequel switches Las Vegas for the South East Asian country as Helms' character of Stu prepares for his wedding. Entertainment Tonight recently revealed a behind-the-scenes video of the movie, including interviews with Galifianakis, Helms, Cooper, Justin Bartha and director Todd Phillips, and including a brief shot of Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong).