Mel Gibson is out and Liam Neeson is in for the cameo role of a Bangkok tattoo artist in “The Hangover” sequel reports Reuters.
Gibson was lined up for the role earlier this month, soon after came quotes from an interview with actor Zach Galifianakis saying “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.”
Many have speculated since then that the actor was referring to Gibson’s involvement in this film, certainly other unnamed individuals on set were not happy about the casting (though oddly enough had no issue with starring alongside convicted rapist Mike Tyson in the first one).
Todd Phillips planned to axe the cameo altogether, saying in an official statement “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.”
Instead he seems to have convinced Neeson to come onboard and the actor will do a one day shoot for the role in a scene no longer than a few minutes.