Controversy has hit the set of the upcoming comedy “The Hangover 2” after reports surfaced last week that breakout star Zach Galifianakis might have had a scheduled cameo by Mel Gibson cut from the movie. The official announcement was made by the movie’s director, Todd Phillips.
Phillips claimed that the decision was made after realizing that Gibson’s role “did not have the full support of cast and crew.” That announcement immediately focused attention of Galifianakis, since he had stated in an interview that aired almost two weeks ago that he was having an issue on a movie he was currently working on.
The news that Galifianakis might have axed Gibson’s cameo is causing some controversy, simply because Hollywood actors don’t usually go on record to talk about having a major issue with their movies. It’s considered bad form. But it’s not exactly Gibson’s moment right now, and PR experts will tell you that it’s going to take some time for him to be forgiven by the public for his alleged domestic violence issues. He is not a popular man in Hollywood, and, frankly, having him axed from “Hangover 2” was probably a good idea, to keep his personal issues out of the movie.
Phillips was careful to announce that the decision involved the consideration of his entire crew, so while Galifianakis might have been the cast member who hinted that there were problems on set, it doesn’t mean it was just him. Phillips, for whatever reason, also went on record to say that he thought Gibson would be good for the role, but apparently he was outnumbered.
Gibson hasn’t helped himself any after the fact either, going on record through his public relations people to say that he’s “furious” about being dropped. He apparently doesn’t realize that, for now, at least, no one cares what he’s mad about. Galifianakis, if he did get Gibson fired, made the right decision, whether it was a business or a moral one, or both.
Jeff Labrecque, “Did Zach Galifianakis kill Mel Gibson’s cameo in ‘Hangover 2’?” EW.com
Stephen M. Silverman, “Did Zach Galifianakis Want Mel Gibson’s ‘Hangover 2’ Cameo Cancelled?” People.com
PRNewsChannel.com, “Mel Gibson posturing that he’s ‘furious’ over being fired from the ‘Hangover 2’ will further damage his reputation.””