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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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BlancheDevereaux    

The Sixth Commandment, "You shall not commit adultery" I will never pay to see a movie of yours again. I thought you were a stand-up guy...

Posted at 6:56 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by BostonIrishGal81

You must watch very few movies or television.

1462 days ago
257.

Jaynae    

Gimmeabreak....We have laws for a reason right? It is illegal to record someone without their knowledge in California, correct? What does it say about a person who would invade someones privacy like that and then edit those tapes and air them to the world? Should that person go unpunished because you were offended by what was said on a tape that was illegally recorded and edited? We have got to start drawing the line here, just like the case of those college students who recorded the roommate and aired it to the world, those action caused him to commit suicide. Some may have been offended by the content but the actions of the others were despicable and this invasion of privacy needs to be stopped. We all do things and say things were not proud of, sometimes in momemts of frustration, stress, etc., Or things we want to keep private. We should all be able to feel secure in our own homes, or on the phone without fear of the world finding out our skeltons, and we all have them. It's really not the worlds business, but some twisted people in this world thrive on gutting another person and causing great pain. What in the word would posses another person to record and humiliate another human being by airing it to the world? I do not agree with what Mel was saying by no means, but I cannot overlook the crimes here that were committed by Oksana. This is the father of her child, and she's more worried about the world knowing "the real Mel" than protecting her child from this circus she has created? This is going to follow that child forever. Her father is a raving lunatic, her mother's a gold digger, extortionist. Her mother recorded her father and let it leak to the world. You get the picture? If Oksana was a DV victim then she should have went to police and made sure her daughter was protected, instead she's going to be known for having a couple of unstable parents. Nice Mom

1462 days ago
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josie     

the sheer cruelty towards Mel by people who don't even know him, shows that there's more than just his unacceptable behaviour. Or Maybe perhaps Catholics are kinder people! So Merry Christmas to all and lets ask all walk off work if don't don't give us our Catholic holidays off.

1462 days ago
259.

knighter    

who cares about all of you boycotting this film. Like that will make a difference. Hangover 2 will bring in a lot of money with or without you angry mel fans

1462 days ago
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barney    

i really do not get this. the first hangover had mike tyson. convicted and sent to jail for rape/assult. not to mention admitting he hit Robin Givins. That is ok, but send some threating voice mails and sorry your out. seems a bit politically correct if not hypocritical to me.

1462 days ago
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Victoria    

Mel good luck getting into a movie you dont personally finance with the millions you made from that joke the Passion. If you're gonna tell a biblical story try and consult religious figures and get your facts right dumbazz

Posted at 1:59 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by stevo
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Mel did not ask to be on this movie, he was asked! Passion is a joke or not, it made a lot of money. I've never seen Passion, and now based on your comment, I will go buy it to see.

1462 days ago
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12345    

i use to be a huge fan of mel...maybe the allegations from his ex are false...but it isnt false that he has said many racist comments in the past...and on tv so many people have heard him.

besides i love liam neeson more, he may not be in the spotlight as much...but he's definitely a better and more versatile actor than mel

1461 days ago
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bj    

i'm a fan of mel gibson and will continue to see his movie, i am not going to judge his personal life. i can;t think of very few stars who don't have some kind of trash going on. look at angelina and brad pitt. charlie sheen who is nothing but great on two and a half men. the stars are to entertain us and that's what it's all about.

1461 days ago
264.

Tv Man    

Wow Bradley Cooper is on the A-Team now.
I know another team he's on.

Hang in there Mel.
Were on YOUR TEAM !!!

1460 days ago
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Donato    

Liam who? Mel is a legend in Hollywood. He has been a bad guy rencently , I do not approve any racial slurs. The Hangover was called lame with a convicted rapist in it and was best thing in the movie, so did a bunch of no names such as Zach the fat guy with the name that is hard to pronouce have such a problem? Mel could played a priest with a gambling promblem.

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