Mel Gibson Fired From Hangover 2

Cast, crew can't stand actor
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2010 2:54 AM CDT
Updated Oct 22, 2010 4:50 AM CDT
Mel Gibson's Hangover 2 Cameo Axed
Mel Gibson had been set to play a debauched Bangkok tattoo artist in the sequel. It's not clear whether he would have been playing himself.   (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, file)

Mel Gibson's cameo in The Hangover 2, touted as his first step of a comeback, has been cut because the cast and crew couldn't stand working with him, TMZ reports. Gibson had been lined up to play a Bangkok tattoo artist in what one source described as a "pivotal" role in the sequel. "I thought Mel would have been great in the movie," said director Todd Phillips. "But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew."

Star Zach Galifianakis is rumored to have been unhappy about working with Gibson because of the star's messy personal life. He hinted at Hangover discontent during a recent Comedy Death-Ray podcast. " 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," he said. "It's very frustrating." (More Mel Gibson stories.)

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