Over the past couple of weeks, The Hangover 2 has been the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. The film has been overshadowed by a dark cloud brought upon us by Mel Gibson. The Oscar winner was set to do a cameo in the sequel but the cast and crew were against it causing director Todd Phillips to drop him. Rumors soon spread that Galifianakis was the main culprit, who caused Gibson to get tossed. Galifianakis recently appeared on an episode of “The Today Show” to promote his new film, Due Date and he addressed the speculation regarding his involvement.
According to Galifianakis, “I do not consult on the movies that I’m in. I just show up and I say my lines, usually terribly, and I do consult on dialogue,” he explained. “But as far as hiring and firing of actors, I have no insight into that world whatsoever.” This was in response to a radio interview he did a few weeks ago where he stated that he was “in a deep protest” with a movie he was working on, but he never clarified if it was The Hangover 2 or not.
Phillips had previously released a statement revealing that Gibson’s cameo wouldn’t be happening because the decision ultimately did not have the full support of his entire cast and crew. The media ran wild with that and put two and two together and came up with a rambunctious story about angry actors and unfair firings. At the official press day for Due Date, Phillips stated that we shouldn’t believe the hype.
Phillips: “Just for clarification, no one was ever fired. It’s a term that is so obscene to me. Someone was doing me a favor to come in for a two minute cameo and we changed it. I mean it wasn’t like we fired somebody. It was doing a favor from the beginning.”
Even though they claim that this wasn’t a huge blow up, there had to be some serious resistance from everyone involved for Gibson to get dropped like that. More than likely they want the focus to shift back to the fun aspects of the movie and not the behind the scenes drama.
Do you believe Galifianakis and Phillips’ statements?