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Mel Gibson, the Oscar-winning director of Braveheart and the man behind action franchises Lethal Weapon and Mad Max, has been ousted from the cast of The Hangover 2 due to complaints from his fellow cast and crew members.
Gibson was said to have a cameo in The Hangover sequel as a tattoo artist in Bangkok, Thailand. It was a controversial decision to say the least given the actor’s recent public image issues over allegations of racism and alleged abuse of his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Indeed, there was so much controversy that the lack of support from unnamed members of the R-rated comedy’s cast and crew have caused Gibson to be removed from the film altogether.
“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team,” director Todd Phillips said in a statement. “But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”
Not a good sign for an actor who used to carry major blockbusters on his shoulders with ease, now unable to keep a cameo job. Who knows, maybe that Mad Men cameo will pan out for him some day.