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 Today it’s being reported that the offer to Gibson has since been withdrawn after the cast and crew revolted.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?