It seems like it was the cameo that was never meant to see the light of day. Liam Neeson filled in for Mel Gibson in “The Hangover Part II” after the troubled actor was dropped from the project. And now Neeson’s cameo in the film has been cut.
According to Variety, Neeson’s part was cut due to scheduling conflicts. The actor had filmed his role, but when it needed to be re-shot, Neeson wasn’t available to come back since he is currently filming the “Clash of the Titans” sequel. So director Nick Cassavetes has stepped in to play a Bangkok tattoo artist in the flick, which opens May 26.
“We were in a complete time crunch, so I called Nick [Cassavetes] and asked if he would do the part. He came in and crushed it, and that is the scene that you will ultimately see in the film,” director Todd Phillips explained about how Cassavetes became the third actor to play the part. While editing the film, Phillips noticed some gaps and decided that reshoots had to be done.
Cassavetes seemed to be the perfect final choice. “It turned out great,” Phillips said.
Neeson’s replacement came with much less controversy than Gibson’s. When some members of the cast expressed discomfort with working with the embattled actor, Phillips decided to go with someone else.
“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie,” a statement last October read. “And I had the full backing of [Warner Bros. Pictures 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.”
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