The Hangover Part II isn’t even out yet, but it’s already had a significant amount of buzz and controversy surrounding it. Earlier this year, Mel Gibson was slated to appear in a cameo role as a Bangkok tattoo artist, but after cast and crew members apparently took issue with Gibson’s participation, he was nixed from the film’s lineup. Liam Neeson took his place, and the scene reportedly went off without a hitch.
Now, however, news has surfaced that moviegoers won’t see Neeson’s cameo either. Why not?
Director Todd Phillips wanted to reshoot the scene, apparently. However, since the film opens soon, over Memorial Day weekend, there was not much time to reshoot the scene. That, coupled with the fact that Neeson was tied up working on a Clash of the Titans sequel in London, meant that Neeson was unavailable to re-do his cameo. Phillips had to re-cast the role one more time.
Phillips turned to a friend, Nick Cassavetes, who directed The Notebook. “We were in a complete time crunch, so I called up Nick and asked if he would do the part,” Phillips explained. “He came in and crushed it, and that is the scene that you will ultimately see in the film… It turned out great.”
The Hangover Part II is scheduled for release on May 26, 2011.
Posted by Jena
4/11/2011 9:35 AM