Everyone’s favorite douche-canoe was slated to make a cameo appearance in the sequel to the hit comedy The Hangover, but the cast and crew complained. Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and director Todd Phillips confirmed that Gibson would not be making an appearance in the movie.
“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of [WB president] 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.”
One of the movie’s stars, Zach Galifianakis, was rumored to have been upset over the casting of Mel. During a COmedy Death-Ray podcast this month, Zach told host Scott Akurman that he had turned down several projects on moral grounds and he was having issue on a current project.
“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,” he said.
Adding, “It has something to do with a movie I’m working on, yeah. I’ll tell you about it later. It’s very frustrating.”
Some are suggesting Gibson’s removal from the film was due to the fact that his involvement was leaked, so his cameo wouldn’t have been that much of a surprise. I guess Mel was trying to revive his career much like Mike Tyson did with the first movie. Or, maybe the studios realized that people would boycott if Mel was in it. I didn’t like the first ‘Hangover’ movie, in fact, I hated it. So I wasn’t going to see it either way, but at least Mel isn’t getting anymore exposure.