No Hangover for Mel Gibson After All

Update: Variety reports that the cameo will now go to Liam Neeson instead. Umm… okay?

When news broke earlier this week that Mel Gibson was in talks to cameo as a tattoo artist in The Hangover 2, it seemed like just another opportunistic Hollywood publicity stunt. It would have been a guaranteed easy way to generate buzz and raise awareness of the film, and it might have even helped put Mel Gibson back in a favourable light. Clearly a win / win situation, right? Well, maybe not. Today it’s being reported that the offer to Gibson has since been withdrawn after the cast and crew revolted. Maybe someone in Hollywood has morals after all?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Warner Brothers and director Todd Phillips thought that it would be an inspired casting choice, but the move resulted in an “internal backlash at the studio and on the film.” It’s unclear what exactly that means, but Todd Phillips released the following statement:

“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team, but I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”

I can’t help but wonder if Zach Galifianakis was one of the people who was protesting Gibson’s involvement. He had already made it known that he wasn’t too happy with some of the decisions being made on the The Hangover 2, as quoted from a recent Comedy Death-Ray podcast:

“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.”

Sounds like The Hangover 3 isn’t looking too likely right now, at any rate. Are you disappointed that Mel Gibson won’t be involved, or do you think they made the right decision?



  • Captain N

    So what could have been a great and fun cameo in a dead horse of a movie gets canned because Zack Galifianakis and “others” whine about it? Way to kill the potentially funniest part of the film.

  • rjdelight

    Theory: The cameo was suppose to be a hush hush thing but leaked out. So, Phillips announces it’s no longer happening, with Gibson secretly still filming the cameo.

    This is what I hope, but likely not even close to the truth.

  • fatbologna

    I think it was a little too soon for this sad attempt at a comedic comeback anyway. Guy needs to disappear for a couple of years before he can even begin to hope to win people over. Maybe go direct that crazy violent viking movie and get some of that anger dealt with.

    I don’t really understand why anyone wants to see him in anything. I mean, look at his face in ANY picture taken over the last 5-10 years and try to tell me that dude’s not completely fucking insane. I’ll still watch his old stuff but I don’t really care if I ever see him act again. Unfortunate because he was one charming-ass motherfucker in his day. The Clooney of his time…

  • Colin

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE BEAVER?????

  • rjdelight

    It looks like the Beaver has been shelved, at least that’s what Sean hinted at in an earlier post this week. Shitty deal too, because it seemed like it was shaping up to be pretty good. Maybe it will hit the festival circuit next year or something. Does anyone know if there was a scheduled release date for it before Gibson’s shit hit the fan?

  • Sig

    Convicted rapist Mike Tyson is okay though.

  • GfC

    fucking retarded people. His personal life should have noithing to do with what he does in the film industry. And what he has done for the film industry is so great, that the people who protested can go fuck themselves. His ”crimes” arn’t even that big, only made big by the media. It’s not even 1/10 as big as Woody Allen’s or Roman Polanski, but i bet these people would work with them. Not that even that matters, cause bringing in personal life is so retarded. But that’s america for you.

  • rjdelight

    @GfC

    I don’t think it’s his “crimes”, some of which are only accusations at this point, that people have a problem with. My guess would be that people don’t want to work with him because of his racist comments, which are pretty hard to dispute.

    And I agree that personal matters really shouldn’t play a factor when hiring someone, it should be based on skills of course, but Hollywood can’t really be compared to an everyday workplace. Especially when it comes to big budget productions, people have the luxury of picking who they work with. If the big shots don’t want to work with someone because of the horrible things they’ve said/done then it’s completely understandable. Gibson’s a great actor and filmmaker but at this point you really can’t blame people for not wanting to work with him.

  • Sig

    But convicted rapist Mike Tyson is okay for them to work with. I think I get it now.

  • fatbologna

    GfC,

    It also has to do with the fact that this is obviously a lame attempt at stunt casting with the hopes that people will come around if they see the crazy man pander for their love. It would also be a guaranteed box office boost because people will flock to see said crazy man.

    Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED Mel Gibson. I always found him to be the perfect mix of charming badass. He was second only to Harrison Ford as Indie/Han Solo when I was a kid. When everyone wanted to go see Batman in the theater I wanted to go see Lethal Weapon 2. Unfortunately he’s turned into a bit of a raving lunatic monster. After hearing the vitriolic psychomania that that dude spewed it’s a little hard to take him for anything other than that. I don’t even really have so much of a problem with his racism as it seems to come from a general hatred of EVERYONE ON EARTH. I just don’t really want to watch him sadly attempt to win back favor by acting like he’s all better now and nothing happened.

    I’m not a huge Hangover fan but wouldn’t it be better if the whole movie weren’t instantly predicated on a PR stunt by one cameo?

  • Ray

    “But convicted rapist Mike Tyson is okay for them to work with. I think I get it now.”

    Tyson went to jail, he done his time, he was rehabilitated, Gibson is still at large.

  • Sig

    Gibson has been charged w no crime. You must have been sick the day they taught that using racist misogynist language is not unlawful. Being a jerk is not against the law.

    So, again – the cast and crew won’t tolerate a racist misogynist jerk to participate in a movie but they will tolerate a man who spent three years in prison for actually RAPING a woman.

    Okay thanks Hollywood, I get it I think.

  • Fatbologna

    Nice to know there’s such a fine defining line when it comes to human pieces of shit for ya, Sig. I’ll make sure I continue being a rage-a-holic, mysoginistic, hate-filled racist and STOP raping women as a side hobby.

    Maybe then we can be friends…

  • Sig

    No just stop being a hypocrite between the two and admit that accepting a RAPIST to your set and not accepting a BIGOT to your set is intellectually incongruent and is oh so typical of Hollywood liberal FREAKS!

  • swarez

    Gibson is no more a racist than the average white male. Everyone here, Caucasian or not, has used racist slurs, whether publicly or in private, as Gibson did. But most of you have not had your private conversations leaked to the press and on the internet and made to look like the biggest asshole on earth.

  • Fatbologna

    Swarez,

    Uuuhhhh…Riiight. Go ahead and speak for yourself on that one, man…

    I’ve made my share of ironically racist jokes that make me out to be a jackass to my friends but I’ve definitely never said anything remotely close to the shit Gibson’s said and seemingly wholeheartedly meant. Also, he’s made his fair share of public statements that’ve made him seem like an asshole beyond the phone calls.

    And, Sig, you’re not telling us anything we didn’t already know about Hollywood folk.

  • swarez

    Wait Bologna, you say that I should speak for myself but then you say you’ve used racist slurs that make you out to be a jackass to your friends. So what’s the difference?
    Gibson said some shit in the heat of the moment to hurt a woman who was fucking with his life. It doesn’t make him a racist, just angry and hurtful. I doubt that a man that made his career starring in films, four of them no less, with a black man is a racist.

  • Fatbologna

    I’m saying the context for my racial jokes was different, as dumb as that sounds. I’ll often make a stupid racial joke that makes ME look dumb rather than actually meaning I dislike a race. The stuff that Gibson has said is hurtful and he obviously means it. I’m not referring to the phone calls as much as the Jew stuff he screamed at a cop on the highway as well as the fact that his father is a self-declared Holocaust denier who obviously raised his son as an anti-Semite. Don’t forget the fact that he’s also a raving misogynist…

  • Fatbologna

    Don’t get me wrong here. When I said that I liked the guy in movies I meant it. I just think that he needs to wait longer than 8 months before trying to stage a pathetic “look-at-me-remember-how-charming-and-funny-I-can-be-despite-the-weird-Jesus-movie-and-all-the-weird-shit-that-followed” comeback! :)

    He’s obviously got some serious mental damage and inner conflicts since he decided to use religion to save himself from his alcohol/rage problems. Jesus didn’t do all the work for him and now he’s MAD!

  • swarez

    Gibson is about as racist as Michael Richards. They said stupid shit in a fit of anger that made them look like dicks. Doesn’t mean they are racist.
    If the man was racist he wouldn’t be doing films with actors of other races and he certainly wouldn’t be working in Hollywitz.

    “Don’t forget the fact that he’s also a raving misogynist…”
    Gibson hates women also? Jeez, is there anyone the guy likes?

  • Great thread. Good work everyone.