Mel Gibson kicked out of Hangover sequel after cast and crew protests
HollywoodNews.com: Mel Gibson lost his comeback role on ‘The Hangover’ sequel after a revolt by ‘outraged’ cast and crew members, according to reports.
Disgraced Gibson had been tapped by the movie’s director Todd Phillips to play a tattoo artist in the follow-up to the hit comedy. But he has been forced into a climbdown and reportedly had to tell Gibson he was out after a hostile reaction from members of the cast, which includes Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis.
“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie, and I had the full backing of Warner Bros president Jeff Robinov and his team,” Phillips said in a statement.
“But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.” The decision to dump Gibson came the day after Galifianakis spoke out about a ‘deep protest’ he was having with movie bosses.
“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,” the funnyman said on ‘Comedy Death Ray Radio.’
Insiders tell the New York Post that the feelings on set left producers of the movie with no choice but to dispense of Gibson. “It was not only Zach who complained, it was the other members of the ensemble cast and many of the crew, who were outraged that Mel would be part of their comedy considering his current problems,” the insider told the Post.
“They felt he would damage the movie. Mel’s tattoo artist character will now be played by another actor.”
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Source: Splash News