Saturday, June 15, 2024

Mel Gibson Rejected by Cast, Crew for “Hangover 2”


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
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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.

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