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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.

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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LOVE LOVE Liam!!! Mel, go scream in the mirror!

1372 days ago


I don´t believe this story. There is something else going on.
Was Mel even contracted?

Posted at 12:38 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by Kaprifol

Yeah I was thinking that too, it was timed right near Oksana’s Extortion going to the DA. That and the BIO special.

1372 days ago


Well, sequels usually are not nearly as good as the original film, so this may just be a ploy to give the film some ink. As they also say, any publicity is good publicity. All that being said, I think it sucks that Galifianakis and Cooper played a part in this Mel Gibson thing. To use a baseball term, it was a bush league move. I was looking forward to the movie because the original was terrific, but I think I'll pass.

1372 days ago


According to US Magazine, the whole cast/crew said no to being associated with Mel's comeback. The wives probably had problems with the names he called the mother of his child, the threatson her life and his demands for blow jobs.

1372 days ago


zach's mouth

1372 days ago


Might have to adjust that child support if Mel can't work.
Bet his lawyers are working on it now.

1372 days ago


Who the F is Zach Galifianakis?

1372 days ago


what did you do to meltheloser today
looks like he burned his closet

Posted at 12:31 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by TMZgossip

? You lost me TMZG. Elaborate before I call you a bigot *g*

Posted at 12:40 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by Tellthetruth59

you didn't see his posts on the other hangover thread?

seems there is something weird about that thread
if i log out and back in, some times there is a difference of 40-50 posts

Posted at 12:44 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by TMZgossip

I think they were just deleting the ASCII finger posts. You have a different theory? We need a PM function.

1372 days ago


Liam made a movie about saving jews, Schindler's List, and Mel made a movie about jews as murderers, The Passion. This has nothing to do with Oksana or the tapes.

Posted at 12:40 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by Tammy

Jewish people didn't kill The Christ Jesus
He was the final sin offering

1372 days ago


shut up, you f*cking, c*** yells Zach to an audience member. classy

1372 days ago


I don´t believe this story. There is something else going on.
Was Mel even contracted?

Posted at 12:38 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by Kaprifol

I agree with Kaprifol. Love Liam, but I would have gone to see it with Mel. But can't see Liam as a tatooist in Thailand, not as funny & interesting as see Mel. Bad business move to replace Mel. It would have been a curiosity factor with Mel.

1372 days ago


god allowed Jesus to die. End of story

1372 days ago


Having Mel in a cameo role of a tattoo artist was an inspired choice.

It's the film's loss to have buckled under pressure of a few distorted

So, it's been a bad year for Mel as a result of Oksana's sick and greedy
personality. It will all be over soon, and Mel will come back huge!

Americans love to quickly destroy their heroes, and just as quickly
build them up when they've been wronged.

Nothing a bit of time won't fix. Love ya Mel!

1372 days ago


No way will I give a single dollar to this hypocritical bunch of juvinile idiots or the studio that is making it.

Posted at 12:37 PM on Oct 22, 2010 by SayWhat


1372 days ago


I am stoked that Mel isn't going to be in this! I would have lost mad respect for the people involved in making such a funny film if they kept him on. This is a guy who hides his racial slurs behind his alcoholism. He lost my accolades YEARS ago. His past antisemitic and other racial comments left my stomach to turn in disappointment at the mere mention of his name. I will never see or throw down money on another movie with his name attached. Ever. Period. I have no tolerance for his behavior. It's sad, he used to be awesome.

At least Liam has some class. I look forward to seeing this movie now!

1372 days ago
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