Recently, Zach Galifianakis mentioned being in “a deep protest” at a shoot he was participating in. The assumption was that he was not pleased that Mel Gibson was getting a cameo to help repair his deservedly-ruined reputation in The Hangover 2. Turns out, that was exactly right.
Due to what’s apparently nearly unanimous opposition to his participation by the cast and crew of the film, he’s being cut from it. Writer/director Todd Phillips had this to say in a statement: “I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”
Kudos to the cast and crew to standing up to Phillips and the studio on this one, as if anyone is not deserving of career rehab, it’s the incredibly scummy Mel Gibson. Fuck off, Mel Gibson.