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For a few days this week, a rumor ran wild that Mel Gibson would make a cameo appearance in “The Hangover 2.”

Everyone got excited that Mel would play a tattoo artist. “A very important role,” was the word. It would do for Mel whatever being in “Tropic Thunder” did for Tom Cruise.

It was supposedly all signed and sealed.

Then director Todd Phillips announced late yesterday that his cast and crew didn’t want Mel. He was out.

Gosh, what could be their problem? Only one cast member, as far as I can tell, is Jewish. And there are no major female roles.

Maybe they just all objected on general grounds that he’s a horrible guy with terrible baggage. Maybe no one looked forward to sitting through junket press interviews in which Mel berated the questioners. Who knows? It’s just that these people demonstrated excellent judgment.

I’m going like this movie a lot.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
5 replies to this post
  1. Mel, Mel, Mel, they aint gonna let you just walk away and not remember what ya did…..they are holding ya accountable for your actions Mel man – no amnesia here –

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