Mel Gibson was fired from The Hangover 2. Just days after it was revealed that Gibson would be making a guest starring role in the sequel to The Hangover, it appears that he won’t be in the film after all. According to TMZ, this may be a case of peer pressure gone wrong, as friends of cast and crew were upset about the decision to have Gibson in the film. That turned into complaints from people working on the film, including Zach Galifianakis, and director Todd Phillips finally felt that he had to cave to the demands. Now Gibson is out, and hopefully things can get back to normal.
TMZ also pointed out that the entire cast and crew on The Hangover 2 already knew that Gibson was attached to the film, and that he had been brought into the film a month ago. The story just came out that Gibson would be in the film, and it was from there that so many complaints were lodged to anyone who was working on the production. Maybe it isn’t surprising at all that this took place, especially with all the negative publicity that has surrounded Gibson in recent months. Director Todd Phillips had to know there would be a certain backlash to the casting decision, even if it did come almost a month after the initial decision.
This looked like a way for Gibson to recapture some of his star power in films, and the role could have possibly made him “cool” again. That is exactly what it did for Mike Tyson with a small role in the original film, even though he was only on screen for a few minutes. Gibson’s involvement in The Hangover 2 was considered a cameo, and he was going to appear as a Bangkok tattoo artist at some point in the film. It seems harmless enough, but the drama involving Oksana Grigorieva in his personal life, as well as several blatantly racist rants that Gibson has made, seem to have made him somewhat of an outcast at this point.
It seemed that producers were taking a risk by having Gibson involved in the picture at all, especially after how much money the original film made in theaters. Back in June of 2009, this was just considered a small comedy, but it turned into a smash at the box office, pulling in just over $467 million worldwide before its run came to an end. Now The Hangover 2 will debut in theaters on May 26, 2011, and it is thought that the comedy has a great chance to duplicate that success. Getting better publicity for the film could be key, though, and they need to put this whole Mel Gibson business behind them quickly.