Mel Gibson will appear in The Hangover 2 when it comes out next year. In a move that seems dedicated to reviving Gibson’s slipping acting career, Gibson will receive the cameo treatment during the sequel.
In The Hangover, one of the most interesting supporting characters was that of Mike Tyson. Tyson didn’t appear in very many scenes, but when he did, his clips were good enough to make it into the trailers for the film. It painted Tyson in a better picture after his own set of public troubles, and it now looks like Gibson and his team are trying to achieve the same magic here.
According to the New York Post, Gibson has already been signed on to play a Bangkok tattoo artist in the sequel. There isn’t much more information about the character at this time, but it is pretty easy to surmise that at some point one or more of the four guys must end up heading to the tattoo parlor in the second film. If the writers are able to not just work Gibson into the script, but give him some memorable (and funny) lines, he might be able to win back some fans. It’s a tough call, though, because many of his public problems center around racist comments he was making to his ex-girlfriend. That situation with Oksana Grigorieva hasn’t blown over at this point either.
The Hangover came out in June of 2009, and it became a surprise hit of the early summer box office season. It continuously took a place in the top 10 that summer, and ended up amassing an extremely impressive worldwide box office of just over $467 million. That doesn’t even get into the DVD and Blu-Ray sales for the movie either, which became one of the top sellers as soon as it hit store shelves. This makes it no surprise at all that they have been trying to put a sequel together, and filming is already beginning on the Warner Brothers sets.
The Hangover 2 release date is May 26, 2011, making it an early favorite to bring in a lot of money next summer. With how well the first film has immersed itself in pop culture history, the sequel looks to break that $100 million mark in the first couple of weeks that it is released. All of the main actors (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis and Justin Bartha) will be returning, as well as supporting actor Ken Jeong as Mr. Chow. They worked very well together as a cast the first time around, and even though Cooper and Galifianakis are much bigger stars now, it’s good to see that producers were able to keep the cast intact. Now we will see if Mel Gibson can add to that.