“Hangover 2” Director Defends Mel Gibson Firing

mel-gibsonMel Gibson‘s much-ballyhooed cameo in the upcoming “Hangover 2” has been shelved and director Todd Phillips has the explanation.

Phillips said the producers’ decision to fire Gibson and replace him with Liam Neeson was reached in order to keep the harmony among the actors and staff involved in both the original “Hangover” and its sequel. “He’s one of our finest actors and, quite honestly, one of our finest directors. But The Hangover 2 is a family … and as much as I loved the idea, a lot of people didn’t … I didn’t want anything to come in between that family,” Phillips told Entertainment Tonight.

Gibson was supposed to play a tattoo artist as the main stars of the “Hangover” franchise bring their misadventures to Thailand. However, some of the cast reportedly objected to the inclusion of Gibson, who is currently trying to rebuild his image, which was badly battered by his overly public legal battle with former partner Oksana Grigorieva, including the appearance of some alleged recordings where the Oscar-winning director is heard shouting expletives and racist rants.