Thursday evening it was confirmed that Mel Gibson had been dropped from the upcoming Warner Bros sequel, The Hangover 2. The Oscar winner was slated to make a cameo appearance in the movie as a tattoo artist that one of the characters visit during a night of debauchery. According to sources, the decision was based solely on the reaction of the cast and crew to Gibson’s hiring and by cast, we mean Zach Galifianakis.
The original statement that director Todd Phillips released went a little something like this:
“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team,” said Phillips in a statement released by the studio, “But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”
Prior to this, there was word that Galifianakis was protesting Gibson’s addition, which may have set the tone for the rest of the crew. He did an interview with Comedy Death-Ray Radio, where he revealed that as an actor “you don’t have a lot of control … I’m in a deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something. But … I’m not making any leeway.”
Hmm, that sounds like a serious issue to me. He might have been the spark to ignite this fire. This is a true testament to standing your ground, sometimes it only takes one person to make something drastic happen.
Do you think Galifianakis was right to voice his opinion about Gibson?