There was kind of a lot of hoopla back when Mel Gibson was scheduled to make a cameo appearance in The Hangover 2. Audiences and prominent members of the crew (including Zach Galifianakis) objected to the Road Warrior's inclusion in the cast, owing to his highly publicized sexist and antisemitic tirades. The filmmakers buckled and opted to cast The A-Team's Liam Neeson instead. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Neeson himself has been jettisoned from the production after already shooting his scene. What happened this time? Did Neeson go off on an ill-advised rant against yet another prominent culture?
Nah… He was just too busy to take part in the reshoots. A little anticlimactic, but hey… at least we still get to like Liam Neeson, right?
Neeson's role – a tattoo artist who probably gives one or more of the cast members a tattoo at some point – has been recast, with director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) filling in for the Batman Begins star. Cassavetes may seem like a weird choice for what was once considered a role for major Hollywood icon, and certainly The Hangover Part II will lose a little bit of star wattage, but he does have a history in front of the screen, appearing in such action movies as Black Moon Rising, Blind Fury and Face/Off. Cassavetes is a big, scary dude in those movies, so this casting should work fine. In case you need a reminder, here's what he looks like:
Crave Online will be back with more Hangover Part II news if we can ever get rid of this f***ing headache…