After yesterday’s announcement that Mel Gibson had been dropped from “Hangover 2”, we’ve since learned that Liam Neeson will replace the scandal-plagued actor in the upcoming film.
Earlier this week, reports told that Gibson had scored a cameo in the much-awaited comedy – but the alleged casting was dismissed just one day later.
Supposedly making the change as a result of complaints from the film’s stars, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms, The Hollywood Reporter now tells that Neeson has been chosen to portray the tattoo artist role.
“They don’t want him to be in the movie and serve as a platform for some creepy comeback,” an insider tells Us magazine of the decision. “They didn’t want that energy or to shoulder what would come with having him apart of the film.”
Of the situation, Director Todd Phillips released a statement confirming that the “Lethal Weapon” actor’s cameo has been scrapped from the movie’s plans.
“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 told in a statement.
He adds, “But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”
Exactly one week ago, Mel Gibson continued to face heat in the public eye when Oksana Grigorieva’s attorney Lisa Bloom publicly called him a “deadbeat dad”.
The reason for the slam: Bloom claims Mel is behind on his child support payments, and says Gibson’s lawyers have been bullying Oksana by demanding too many hours of depositions.
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