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The Hangover cancels Gibson cameo

by Shannon Harris on October 22, 2010

Mel Gibson’s cameo appearance in the sequel to 2009’s The Hangover has been scrapped from production just days after his casting was announced.

Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and director Todd Phillips confirmed today that Gibson was removed from the project due to internal disagreements, reports MTV News.

Speaking about Gibson’s cut, Phillips said, “I thought Mel would have been great in the movie. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”

Numerous media sites have connected comments made by Hangover star Zach Galifiankis in a Comedy Death Ray interview to the cancellation. In the interview, he revealed a distaste for Hollywood’s showbiz scene and his discomfort with recent developments in one of his projects.

Galifianakis told Scott Aukerman, Comedy Death Ray host, “But (in) 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… It has something to do with a movie I’m working on, yeah. I’ll tell you about it later. It’s very frustrating,” according to New York Magazine.

Gibson has garnered a considerable amount of negative attention after after his drunken violent rants against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva surfaced last summer on the site Radar Online.

The sequel will reportedly follow the Hangover’s brotherhood to Thailand for the wedding of Ed Helms’ character and is set to come out in May.

Gibson was rumored to have a cameo as a banished American tattoo artist living in Southeast Asia.

The original Hangover film took in a total $467 million worldwide and is the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time, according to The Guardian.

Some fans may have enjoyed the cameo. According to the Hollywood Reporter, a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll showed that over 75 percent of Americans weren’t fazed by Gibson’s offensive audiotapes and still enjoy his films.

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