There was wide speculation across the internet recently that Mel Gibson would be appearing in The Hangover 2 as a tattoo artist. The actor has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons this year, so a cameo in a successful comedy could help turn public opinion around.
Unfortunately for Mel his cameo won’t be taking place, as some members of the cast and crew weren’t happy with the idea.
Director Todd Phillips released a short statement on the matter:
“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”
A few days ago Zach Galifianakis appeared on the Comedy Death-Ray Radio podcast where he mentioned he was in “deep protest” about something, which now looks like the involvement of Mr. Gibson.
After explaining to host Scott Aukerman that he’s turned down several projects on moral grounds, Galifianakis said, “But a movie you’re acting in, you don’t have a lot of control — you just show up and vomit your lines out. I’m not the boss. I’m in a deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something. But I can’t get the guys to [listen] … I’m not making any leeway.” Galifianakis cut Aukerman off with an abrupt warning sound as the host began to mention the film’s title, but after Aukerman pressed, “I know you’re filming The Hhhhhhhh … ” Galifianakis admitted, “It has something to do with a movie I’m working on, yeah. I’ll tell you about it later. It’s very frustrating.”
I guess Galifianakis finally got people to listen.