The Hangover 2 is set to be as big as the original hit. As such, The Hangover 2 appears to have an bigger celebrity cameo in the works. In the first movie, Mike Tyson came on board for a surprising appearance, as the boxer sung along to Phil Collins and had his pet tiger stolen. Despite his checkered past and controversies, Tyson was an ideal source of comedy for the movie. But now The Hangover 2 may have a larger and more controversial figure ready to drop by – although one of its major regular stars might have a problem with it.
Warning: Spoilers follow
The Tyson cameo in the original was regarded as a highlight, although his appearance was spoiled in the trailers. Now the major cameo for the sequel has been spoiled much earlier, as early reports revealed the identity of the film’s new co-star.
According to MTV News, The Hangover 2 cameo star will be none other than Mel Gibson. The New York Post first broke that Gibson will appear as a tattoo artist, and MTV was able to confirm it. Gibson will shoot his scene in two weeks, before the movie heads off to film in Thailand.
Gibson’s participation in a sure to be hit comedy is probably the best career move for him. But that alone might not hold off the larger backlash in Hollywood over his most recent scandal. His latest movie The Beaver still doesn’t have a release date, despite being directed by Jodie Foster.
As for The Hangover 2, it may already be facing trouble because of Gibson’s involvement. The original’s breakout star, Zach Galifiankis, hinted on a podcast that he was in a “deep protest” on a movie he was working on. He wouldn’t get specific, but he did say that he was “up in arms” over something that was going on against his wishes.
When the podcast host began to mention The Hangover 2, Galifiankis cut her off, not confirming that the dispute was over this movie. But now everyone will think that it is, given the news about Gibson. Galifiankis did say that he has turned down several projects on “moral grounds” so perhaps working with Gibson violates his grounds as well, although he may have no choice.
The movie can’t afford to have trouble with Galifiankis, since he was a big part of the original’s success. But he, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Ken Jeong are all signed back onboard, as the latest hangover is said to take place in Thailand and Bangkok. However, Gibson’s cameo will probably be set in L.A., before the real madness starts.
If there is a rift between Galifiankis and The Hangover 2 production over Gibson, it appears he won’t confirm it at the moment. But on November 5, he can be seen with another formerly scandal-ridden star, Robert Downey Jr, in Due Date.
New York Post- “Mel Gibson making a cameo comeback”
MTV News- “Mel Gibson Confirmed For Hangover 2”
NY Mag- “Is Zach Galifiankis Already Fed Up With The Hangover 2?”