Friday, October 22, 2010
News Spotlight: Mel Fired
Hollywood's least favorite raging lunatic has been outed from his "comeback" cameo for "The Hangover II." It looks like the Mel backlash is gonna take a long while to simmer down. He should just count his blessings that he will never go for broke living off his "Passion of the Christ" fortune.
From the New York Post: "Mel Gibson has been booted out of his career comeback role in "The Hangover Part II" following a revolt by stars of the movie who refused to work with him.
Sources say the cast, which includes Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis and Justin Bartha, were "outraged" after Page Six first reported on Monday that Gibson had been tapped to play a Bangkok tattoo artist in the eagerly anticipated sequel.
Director Todd Phillips last night confirmed in a statement that Gibson, who was due to start filming in two weeks, had just been dropped from the Warner Bros. movie.
Phillips said: "I thought Mel would have been great in the movie, and I had the full backing of [Warner Bros president] 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."
His decision to drop troubled Gibson came after Galifianakis told Comedy Death Ray Radio this week that he was not happy with "something" on the set of his current movie.
Without naming Gibson, he said: "I'm in a deep protest right now with a movie I'm working on, up in arms about something . . . But I can't get the guys to [listen] . . . I'm not making any leeway."
But sources told us, "It was not only Zack who complained, it was the other members of the ensemble cast and many of the crew, who were outraged that Mel would be part of their comedy considering his current problems. They felt he would damage the movie. Mel's tattoo artist character will now be played by another actor."
Gibson is currently embroiled in a huge legal battle with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, who alleges he assaulted and made threats against her.
A rep for Gibson couldn't be reached for comment."