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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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kickaboo    

http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2010/CAS39.php

Yep, Bradley needs the PR too. Bradley should probably answer that domestic violence rumor of his own that keeps floating around about Jennifer.

1440 days ago
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karen lee    

I think it's simply a "travesty" that a supremely spoiled sophomoric pack of so-called ACTORS can RULE the film industry. LIKE anybody in THAT CAST has EVER DONE anything (frankly) remarkable in THEIR ENTIRE LIVES.

WHO HASN'T DONE THINGS THEY REGRET ?? ... THAT they SHOULD JUDGE MEL GIBSON?

Basically "character" actors, which NEVER had the IMPACT in this industry -- or THE WORLDWIDE audiences Mel has.

The MOVIE going public will rush to see Mel's movies -- regardless. Frankly, Mel's PERFORMANCE is the ANYONE REASON to see that film.

Anyone who could EVER BELIEVE that gold-digger ... doesn't HAVE a brain. He was set-up …. your Hollywood Hypocrites’ are just THAT.

Galifianakis alluded to trouble on the set of "Hangover II" … when Interviewed by Scott Aukerman, (he) said he was in "deep protest" and "up in arms" about a film he's working on. But I can't get the guys to (listen). ... I'm not making any leeway."

but EVER what the he every DONE ( the HACK comic) in his LIFE .. to say anything about Mel Gibson?

ACTOR. 50 films
PRODUCER, 20 films
DIRECTOR, 5 films
WRITER, 4 films
SOUNDTRACK. 4 films

1440 days ago
18.

Jules    

Personally, I think this movie is beneath Mel and Liam both. I'm surprised either one would want to be part of it. They are both such great actors and I wouldn't want to see them even in a cameo for this one.

1440 days ago
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KTD    

Mel shouldn't be in any movies, not just because of him being a batterer, but because of that whole antisemitic thing. I have no use for bigots.

1440 days ago
20.

Do the math    

"Huge backlash" hardly seems to fit the situation that's been described. More like sneaky sniveling.

Also, anybody know how much Mel stands to receive in "breach of contract" damages?

1440 days ago
21.

Brad K    

F**k the haters, A Mel cameo would have pwned in this. Looks like I'll be boycotting this film too.

1440 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

Yep, Bradley needs the PR too. Bradley should probably answer that domestic violence rumor of his own that keeps floating around about Jennifer.

Posted at 12:16 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by kickaboo
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Cooper should have the courage to come out of the closet. What's he afraid of?

1440 days ago
23.

Wiley    

Liam Neeson? Sounds like a pretty mediocre cast. Gonna be the typical lousy sequel. I guess it doesn't matter to them that 75-80% of the country supports Mel. Shows you just how much they are willing to sacrifice to get even with Mel. Hope he's keeping a list of people to not put in his movies, although he obviously wouldn't hire these actors anyway.

1440 days ago
24.

Bobby    

well this film which i would have watched is now on my boycott/banned list...no mel i will not watch!!!!!!

1440 days ago
25.

Tellthetruth59    

gibson -- out like yesterdays trash

Posted at 12:09 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by TMZgossip
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So say the bigots.

Posted at 12:14 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by Tellthetruth59
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i'm actually laughing that you'd call me a bigot. but, it seems that everyone that disagrees with your views is a bigot and anti-catholic today

Posted at 12:17 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by TMZgossip
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LOL! I'm on a roll. Don't get in my way. It's working for the most part.

1440 days ago
26.

Hahaha    

mel is finished in hollywood..lets put him on suicide watch...

Posted at 12:06 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by MIDNIGHT TOKER


That's what you'd like huh Ari??? Ain't gonna happen! You know that it's your guilty conscience that make you hate Mel so bad for the Passion of the Christ! If you didn't kill Jesus you wouldn't be so mad about the movie!

1440 days ago
27.

BlancheDevereaux    

Cooper should have the courage to come out of the closet. What's he afraid of?

Posted at 12:20 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by Tellthetruth59

renee zellweger would kill him. it might mean that she'd have to come out of the closet.

1440 days ago
28.

djdeej94    

Ugh, Zach's a diickless little bhitch... get over HIMself. He'll never be as big as Mel... HOLLYWOOD HATES! and it shows...

1440 days ago
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kickaboo    

Cooper should have the courage to come out of the closet. What's he afraid of?

Posted at 12:20 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by Tellthetruth59

All gays should come out of the closet in Hollywood. What is sad is the agents, publicists and head honchos that try to keep them in the closet. Just look at the agents and publicists in HW that are gay and think they are some sort of mafia, by their actions.

1440 days ago
30.

Ty    

So Zach not only looks like an complete idiot and a douchebag he also is one. He does not measure in talent or humanity to Mel's toenails.

1440 days ago
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