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Gibson out, Tyson still in for Hangover sequel

by Shannon Harris on October 28, 2010

Although Mel Gibson's role in the Hangover 2 was ultimately nixed, one oft-troubled star will be making an appearance. Fresh off his famous role in The Hangover, Mike Tyson will be appearing in the hit film's sequel which is expected to be released next summer. The movie's director, Todd Phillips, revealed to Details magazine that the former heavyweight champ will definitely be returning after his role in the first installment proved wildly popular.

"Yes, he will be back. But it all makes sense," Phillips said in an interview with the publication. "It sounds like a crazy hodgepodge, but it all makes sense."

The speculation as to why the planned Gibson cameo never came to fruition has led Phillips to ensure the public that he was not fired. Many people believed that funnyman Zach Galifianakis was uncomfortable with actor's presence on set, but Phillips has stated that many others questioned the decision as well. The venerable Liam Neeson has taken his place.

Including Tyson but not Gibson has angered some critics of the production. Gibson is currently in the midst of legal troubles over the alleged abuse of his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, and he has run into controversy stemming from perceived anti-semitism. Tyson has not been without his share of legal and personal woes as well. Tyson was convicted of sexual assault in 1992, and served three years in prison as a result.

The Hangover 2, which began filming in October and is expected to be released Memorial Day weekend, reunites the original cast members, Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha.

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