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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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31.

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.

Posted at 12:24 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by kickaboo
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Agree - but it's all about money. People have to decide if being true themselves is more important than money. It's their call.

1360 days ago
32.

ketjo    

I see that first shift is over and the second shift has started. Anybody with a brain can see this was a setup. One day before filming and he's let go and the Next Liam steps in with a trip to Tialand already in the works. It takes time even in today's world to put plans and trips into action. You have to book ahead on planes and hotels even if you are a big star ....

This little farce was another move by the Bully Boys to humiliate Mel Gibson and make him look bad........


Quess what Bully Boys it ain't goina work we are on to you now and its going turn around and bite you in the a!!S .

Welcome to the second shift Mel Haters don't work to hard ,

1360 days ago
33.

fredsdead    

Who knew Zach G was such a jerky b!tch?

Won't see Hangover 2 or any other Zach film because of this.

Maybe Mel can turn this to his advantage, somehow, someway.

1360 days ago
34.

dsw    

Anyone but sMELl.

1360 days ago
35.

Mike    

Karma is a bi_tch isn't it Mel? You better just pack up and move back to Australia and be a sheep farmer or something. Mel Gibson is NOT WANTED in the movie business these days.

Mel has shown the world what he's like in his "real life" and it's not pleasant. His "inner azzhole" has really come out in the last 5 years or so! We don't want to see it. He used to be "cool" when he was younger. Not anymore.

Say goodbye to Hollywood Mel!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ5Nek7HFqw

1360 days ago
36.

John    

So a convicted rapist in the first "Hangover" is ok with "Allan" but not a bigot?? Really Allan???...Really???

1360 days ago
37.

Babushka    

Dear Liam,

I stuck up for you after the Nell fiasco. Now, I'm not sure I can think of a defense for you, except, maybe you need the money???
Love ya but try to do this with a little class. I won't be watching this movie in any case, but I'll catch you some other time. Peace and try not to do anything stupid.

Love,
Babushka

1360 days ago
38.

DC    

Can't think of any crimes or racist or sexist remarks from Liam, so I'm glad to be able to continue to support this movie. Me, and all my friends, will be there opening weekend! We're not willing to pay our money toward a movie casting an actor such as Mel Gibson. His wrapped movies aren't coming out and he'll be lucky to get another gig. He couldn't even keep this one day gig.

1360 days ago
39.

Diane    

"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."

So there we have it....FRIENDS of the cast put political pressure on the actors to raise hell! Did William Morris hint to Zach they may drop him if he didn't?

There is more to this story.

What the hell is wrong with Hollywood anyway....they could find themselves in a mess just as easily as Mel did.

1360 days ago
40.

stevo     

Mel Gibson is simply the biggest loser rat in hollywood, he should never get a movie deal ever again, anyone who supports him is as big as a fool as he is, he's nothing but a punk b@!ch racist antisemitic woman beater. Glad to see hollywood will bar this roach from making movies. Screw him and all his worthless followers.

1360 days ago
41.

mousehouse    


Liam Neeson? Are they kidding? He doesn't even how a candle to Mel's charisma and appeal. They could get any lamer? With this kind of decision making,sounds like Hangover 2 will be a complete waste of time and energy

1360 days ago
42.

Mike    

Mel is a "GRADE A" CERTIFIED AZZHOLE !! Does ANYONE actually enjoy working or being around total jerks like Mel that could completely freak out and get violent at any time?

1360 days ago
43.

Jason    

#22, What did he say that was anti-Semitic? I hate Jews? I hate Shylocks, Hymies? No, he said something like "jews are responsible for all the wars in the world". That's just an incorrect statement like saying Columbus discovered America.
It appears if you have an opposing view point or say something they don't like your labeled anti-Semitic.

1360 days ago
44.

TrixLaRue    

Wow....you people actually make Mel look good. No wonder he attracts hateful bigots to follow him like a cult leader.

Pathetic.

1360 days ago
45.

Babushka    

What the hell is wrong with Hollywood anyway....they could find themselves in a mess just as easily as Mel did.

Posted at 12:33 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by Diane


LOL. Personally, I think it's a special blend of fluoride in the water. I think it must be mixed with Thorazine down there. Mel escaped it because he lives in Malibu and spends a lot of time in Fiji, Australia etc. The rest of these clowns are guzzling it all up, like good little boys and girls.

1360 days ago
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