Recently it was reported that Mel Gibson would have a cameo in The Hangover 2 that compare to Tom Cruise’s Les Grossman character in Tropic Thunder. Cruise’s role, as well as boxer Mike Tyson’s in The Hangover, helped to rejuvenate their careers after some troubles with the public eye, and it was expected that this might do the very same for Gibson.
Instead, we’re now hearing that complications have arisen, and Gibson’s cameo in The Hangover 2 has been scrapped. Director Todd Phillips wanted Mel for the small role, but it sounds like some of his cast and crew (unidentified) were against it, and the plan required halting.
When talking about this, Phillips said “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.”
I’m not sure who’s responsible for this all being called off, but it is likely for the best that they remain unnamed. It was very clear that movie fans all over were pretty excited at the thought of Mel Gibson having a hilarious cameo in the sequel to one of the best comedies we’ve seen in years, and stopping that because of a couple objections seems a tad extreme.
Brownie points to Phillips if this is all just a ruse to throw us off the scent and make the cameo even more amusing, but with that pretty doubtful, what do you think of the decision? Who could be a worthy replacement for a crazy cameo?