Mel Gibson bounced from “Hangover” sequel

By Sean O’Connell Mel Gibson’s comeback will have to wait a little longer.

Todd Phillips confirmed that the once-powerful actor-director will NOT make a cameo in “The Hangover” sequel, where Gibson reportedly was going to play a Bangkok tattoo artist.

“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of 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,” Phillips said, according to Deadline.

Rumors are swirling that it was Zack Galifiankis who was most vocal in opposition to Gibson, stating on this podcast that he was in “deep protest” over Mel’s participation.

But Zack had no problem working with a convicted felon like Mike Tyson?

Now we’re left to wonder who else can fill the cameo shoes for “Hangover 2,” which currently is shooting ahead of its May 26, 2011 release date.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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