After Mel Gibson’s most recent psychotic outburst threatened to derail his career this past summer, it was unclear when we might see him on the big screen again. His upcoming film The Beaver had been getting good buzz earlier in the year, but it has since been shelved, apparently until the backlash blows over. While some might question whether or not there even is a backlash (a recent Vanity Fair/60 Minutes poll indicated that most moviegoers were no less likely to see a new Mel Gibson movie), the fact remains that it can be difficult to win back public approval once you have lost it. Just ask Tom Cruise. As it turns out, Gibson may actually be getting pointers from Cruise’s publicity team because for his next role it looks like he will be poking fun at himself, just like Tom Cruise did in Tropic Thunder.
Word on the street is that The Gibber will make an appearance in The Hangover 2 as a wacky tattoo artist that the main characters encounter in Bangkok. As you may know, The Hangover 2 takes place primarily in Thailand, with a recent batch of set photos spotting the cast at an airport in California. While some of the shoot will happen on location in Thailand, Gibson’s scenes will take place on a studio lot.
Clearly everyone is comparing Mel Gibson’s cameo to the Mike Tyson cameo from the first Hangover film, although it’s unclear if Gibson will actually play himself or not. There’s no doubt that Tyson’s appearance helped his career and also became a big talking point about the first film. Will Gibson’s role end up being mutually beneficial as well? If you ask me, this trend of inserting ironic celebrity cameos into mainstream comedies is becoming a bit too predictable, but Gibson definitely has considerable comedic talent. What do you think, does this sound like an inspired addition to the film, or is it shameless and desperate?