Mel Gibson a “Hangover” cameo? Source says its a “done deal”

By Sean O’Connell Mike Tyson’s cameo in the first “Hangover” remains one of the film’s best visual jokes. It allowed the ferocious tiger to become an integral part of the narrative. It put Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” back on the map (as if it ever really left). It wasn’t necessarily a surprise, though. Tyson’s appearance was a major part of the comedy’s publicity campaign. And now we think we know who will be making a similarly high-concept cameo in “The Hangover 2,” which currently is filming key scenes.

A source tells The New York Post this morning that it is a “done deal” that Mel Gibson will appear in the sequel as a Bangkok tattoo artist. Though the story takes place in Thailand, Gibson will film his scenes on a Bangkok set on the Warner lot.

“Mel is expected to film his role in two weeks. Then the production moves to Thailand at the end of October,” the source said.

But you have to wonder of this is the right move for Gibson. Too many people have laughed at Gibson over the last few months as horrific audio tapes of his vicious temper were leaked to the media. Will he deflect his atrocious publicity by poking fun at his current, tarnished image? Or will “Hangover” director Todd Phillips find a clever way to tap dance around Gibson’s personal demons?

Truthfully, I’d rather see Gibson in Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver,” where a brilliant performance could go a long way toward reminding audiences of his talent. And it’s possible “Beaver” will reach theaters long before “Hangover 2” surfaces … and that’s even if Gibson is, indeed, the rumored cameo.

More on Gibson, “The Beaver,” a second “Hangover” and much more as it develops. In the meantime, what do you think? Is this a good idea for Gibson? Do you want to see him in a comedic role, or has that ship sailed? Let us know.

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