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Mel Gibson's 'Hangover' Replacement -- Liam Neeson

10/22/2010 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel's out, Liam's in -- after a huge backlash against Mel Gibson's would-be cameo role in "The Hangover 2" ... "A-Team" star Liam Neeson has been tapped to fill the role ... according to Variety.

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Liam tells Variety -- "I just got a call to do a one day shoot on 'Hangover' as a tattooist in Thailand ... that's all I know about it" ... and the whole deal went through his "A-Team" pal, Bradley Cooper.

As we first reported, Mel Gibson was 86'd from the role -- in which he would have played a tattoo artist -- after friends of the cast put political pressure on the actors to raise hell.


Among the ringleaders -- we're told,
Zach Galifianakis.


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136.

cat54    

Say No Liam you know Mel

1279 days ago
137.

maya    


What kind of a GOD has favourites?

Maya 28

1279 days ago
138.

Tellthetruth59    

I'm glad that Mel Gibson is being shunned. He has referred mockingly to Hispanics as "wetbacks," suggests his wife might be raped by a bunch of "******s," and accused Jews of everything that's wrong in this world, called a female police officer "sugar tits," an obviously sexist remark, made diaparaging remarks about gays. The tapes his wife made show he is a violent man out of control. He is the white man's answer to OJ Simpson--someone who gets away with too much because they are celebrities. To sum it up, Mel Gibson is a bigot deserving of disdain.

Sandra, very well said. TMZ spends all day and night every day with a little cluster of Mel fans, defending him for his reprehensible behavior. And they are angry because people don't approve of him? Amazing.

Posted at 1:33 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by Anon
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Are you the poster that wished all of Mel Gibson's dead? Now you are giving lectures on morality? ROFLOL! ROFLOL!

1279 days ago
139.

maya    

Anon

That was not Mel's wife who recorded and sold those tapes to humiliate and embarrass Mel, that was his Girlfriend of 18 months or 3 years, depending on who you believe.

Maya 28

1279 days ago
140.

Confused    

I'm glad that Mel Gibson is being shunned. He has referred mockingly to Hispanics as "wetbacks," suggests his wife might be raped by a bunch of "******s," and accused Jews of everything that's wrong in this world, called a female police officer "sugar tits," an obviously sexist remark, made diaparaging remarks about gays. The tapes his wife made show he is a violent man out of control. He is the white man's answer to OJ Simpson--someone who gets away with too much because they are celebrities. To sum it up, Mel Gibson is a bigot deserving of disdain.

Sandra, very well said. TMZ spends all day and night every day with a little cluster of Mel fans, defending him for his reprehensible behavior. And they are angry because people don't approve of him? Amazing.

Posted at 1:33 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by Anon

Prove it!!

1279 days ago
141.

Gene    

Bradley Cooper is Roman Catholic, and Zach is I think, Greek Orthodox, which is what Oksana was before she became Roman Catholic "for Mel" as she claimed. I think they are retaliating against Mel acting as moral police. Which of course is hypocritical since Bradley Cooper was only married 4 months in 2005 and got divorced, divorce being a no no in the Roman Catholic Church unless you go through the church for it. So, who are these guys to judge Mel Gibson? Zach has moral issues with certain movies, yet he smokes dope and screws around? Give me a break.

1279 days ago
142.

chickenblaster    

The tapes his wife made show he is a violent man out of control.

Posted at 1:33 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by Anon

LOL, is there someone maybe a bit miss informed...since when is Oxi his wife....go back and read read read about the case and start over again...maybe then you will be allowed to post here again...and in the background you can listen all day long to the altered tapes...

Cheers

Chicken

www.team-mel.com

1279 days ago
143.

Gene    

For those of you who slam Mel for beating his "Wife", you really need to know your facts before you post. First of all Oksana G. is not and never was Mel Gibson's wife. She was his lover, and she has accused him of hitting her, but that is what she claims, and it has not been proven as fact. In fact if you knew all the facts, you might change your opinion somewhat. Yes, Mel has said racist things, and if that makes him a bigot then so be it. But wife beater? His wife of 26 years says, "NO", and only a spurned ex lover, who is trying to get a crap load of money out of him claims he was physically abusive.

1279 days ago
144.

Who'sThat    

I'm glad that Mel Gibson is being shunned. He has referred mockingly to Hispanics as "wetbacks," suggests his wife might be raped by a bunch of "******s," and accused Jews of everything that's wrong in this world, called a female police officer "sugar tits," an obviously sexist remark, made diaparaging remarks about gays. The tapes his wife made show he is a violent man out of control. He is the white man's answer to OJ Simpson--someone who gets away with too much because they are celebrities. To sum it up, Mel Gibson is a bigot deserving of disdain.

Sandra, very well said. TMZ spends all day and night every day with a little cluster of Mel fans, defending him for his reprehensible behavior. And they are angry because people don't approve of him? Amazing.

Posted at 1:33 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by Anon

you are just full of hate...and crap!

1279 days ago
145.

D    

I didn't think the first Hangover was that great. It was ok. I like Liam. But isn't a cameo when they play themselves? Not another role?

1279 days ago
146.

Fidel's niece    

Liam Neeson - Mel Gibson - Ari Emanuel connection

Liam Neeson and Mel Gibson had the same agent - Ed Limato (William Morris Agency)

Ed Limato passed away in June 2010

William Morris Agency merged with Ari Emanuel's agency Endeavour to become William Morris Endeavour.

After Ed Limato's death, W.Morris Endeavour dropped Mel as a client.

After Mel's DUI arrest in 2006 and his "anti Jewish slurs",
Ari Emanuel (who is Jewish, younger brother of potty mouth Rahm Emanuel nicknamed "Rahmbo"/resigned as Obama's White House Chief of Staff, running for a mayor of Chicago))asked Hollywood to "shun" and "refuse to work with" Mel Gibson.

As one studio executive said
"Nobody wants to be on the wrong side of Ari"

1279 days ago
147.

D    

#147, you are wrong! Lol, ok, that was me. I looked up what a cameo is. Now I understand.

1279 days ago
148.

Justice    

What a bunch of nobodies! I find it hilarious when actors try to make political statements. None of these losers will ever be as big as MG. As if none of these losers have ever lost their cool before in an argument or said things they regretted.
Let he who is without sin be the first to cast stones.
I wonder who these "friends of the cast and crew "are?
No doubt the same type of people who signed petitions in support of Roman Polanski the child rapist. I bet the cast and crew would be ok with Roman Polanski as the tattoo artist. He's Jewish isn't he?

1279 days ago
149.

Blue Lake    

Much better choice. Good on you, Zach! You're my hero. To the nimrods who wonder why Tyson was OK to be used and Neo-Nazi Mel isn't - it's because Tyson served his time. The clock starts over for him. After Mel gets out of jail for domestic terrorism he can work again. Until then, HELLA NO! And the director Phillips is a schmuck.

1279 days ago
150.

Majestik    

Hmmm, Hangover 1 -

Four guys, off to Vegas, Zach's character buys drugs (Ecstacy) that turns out to be roofies. Two guys are engaged, one guy is married yet he's slipping ecstacy into drinks for why?

Thinly veiled domestic violence with the glasses wearing guy. His girlfriend has him so low in self-esteem it takes the entire movie until he stands up to her. Their version of Kate and Jon Goselin.

Thinly veiled gold-digger - Glasses marries a woman five minutes after he meets her even though she clearly can see he's totally out of it.

Thinly veiled child neglect - they get the waitresses kid to babysit yet no one knows what the hell they are doing, or how they got it, that baby could've been kidnapped.

Committing a felony - stealing a cop car.

Police Brutality, not to mention mental abuse on an elementary school class. The guys stand there while a cop tasers the guys.

Add to the mix - A real life rapist and abuser of men and women.

Theft of personal merchandise - Mike Tyson's tiger.

Animal Cruelty - Mike Tyson having a chained up tiger.

Danger to public - A tiger being hauled around on a leash.

Now, I realize this was just childish humour but I failed to see any of the funny side of this, guess it's my age. I hated the first one, wanted to call my cable company and ask if I could get a refund. I figured if Team Oxymoron wants to come in here and keep screaming about her lies, lies, lies then we can dissect a movie, after all, both Oxymoron's past six months and this movie is make believe.

1279 days ago
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