Mel Gibson Was Shunned by ‘Hangover 2′ Cast

When news broke this week that Mel Gibson had been relieved of his cameo in the upcoming sequel The Hangover 2, many assumed that it was due to the protests of Hangover star Zach Galifianakis, who had subtly let slip that he was none too happy about an unnamed aspect of the production in a recent interview. But as it turns out, that’s only partially true—a production insider tells Us Magazine that pretty much everybody was against the idea of having the recently troubled actor in the film.

According to the source, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms also shared Galifianakis’ disapproval when they were abruptly told the King of Malibu would be sharing screen time with them, in a bit part as a tattoo artist:

“They barely began shooting when [Gibson] was dumped on them. It was met with a collective, ‘Oh, hell no.’ This dampened all of the production. None of the cast, Bradley, Zach, Ed, no one was pleased and it was evident.”

And while the prospect of being subjected to Gibson’s notoriously volatile behavior on set surely didn’t sit well with the cast, the source adds that they also weren’t keen on giving the Lethal Weapon actor a venue in which to rehabilitate his reputation:

“They don’t want him to be in the movie and serve as a platform for some creepy comeback. They didn’t want that energy or to shoulder what would come with having him a part of the film.”

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