The Hangover 2: No Mel Gibson for you

Well I still believe that The Hangover 2 will be a terrible pile of racist crap, it’s good to hear that the proposed cameo by Mel Gibson has been canned

Scandal-ridden Hollywood star Mel Gibson has lost out on a cameo part in the movie sequel to smash hit comedy The Hangover after objections from the cast and crew, the film’s director said.

Director Todd Phillips and film studio Warner Bros were ready to cast the Oscar-winning actor and director of movies such as Braveheart as a tattoo artist in The Hangover 2, but have now withdrawn the offer.

“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of (the studio),” Phillips said in a joint statement with Warner Bros.

“But I realise filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”

No reason was given for the apparent rebellion against Gibson performing in the sequel, but it follows a scandal that has engulfed Gibson for months over audiotapes of phone calls in which he rants at his former girlfriend.

I can only hope that the reason was “because we object to working with a racist, abusive jerk”. It’s probably more that working with a racist, uncontrollable bigot would be awful and possibly putting onself in the firing line, as well as taking a chance that the movie would collapse in on itself and not get made/finished/make money. But I hope that acknowledging his prejudice and awful behaviour is at least part of the reason.

5 Comments

  1. Boganette says:

    I would have thought Mel Gibson would be a good fit for a movie like The Hangover. He’s already racist so that should help him with the script.

    • steph says:

      True, very true. I guess it could be that people see his behaviour as extreme and “real racism” and their own jokes as “dark humour”, or “not PC”.

  2. Boganette says:

    I saw this Tweet the other day by SocialScapegoat: “Cast of The Hangover 2 refused to work with Mel Gibson but had no problem appearing with a convicted rapist in the first film? Consistent. ”

    Good point.

    • steph says:

      Yeah, there’s a lot of discussion about that on the posts over at Shakesville. It seems like he got the boot because of one actor’s objections (mainly), and people have argued that this actor was replaceable/had little clout in the first one so even if he had had problems with Tyson he may not have felt he could object. But that is wild speculation, and also problematic. And even though this actor has a problem with Mel, he hasn’t got one with the massively problematic racism/sexism/transphobia/homophobia of the movie in general? The discussion at Shakesville brings up a lot of good points.

      • steph says:

        And by “good”, I don’t mean they or I think it is excusable; more that over there they are bringing stuff to the table I hadn’t even considered (that makes the whole thing more messed up).