Liam Neeson Dumped from 'The Hangover Part II.' Whaaaaat?!

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Hey guys, you know how excited everyone was to see the much-buzzed about cameo by Liam Neeson in the upcoming comedy event of the summer, "The Hangover Part II?" Well, guess what?

That sound you just heard was a million hearts breaking, as Variety is reporting that Neeson's part has been cut from the film -- and not only that, it's been recast and reshot with an entirely different actor.


First up, the background: following the hilariously unexpected cameo by Mike Tyson in the first "Hangover" back in 2009, director Todd Phillips originally planned to up the ante even further by bringing in controversy magnet Mel Gibson for a bit part in the sequel. But after "Hangover" star Zach Galifianakis led a protest at the idea of helping the embattled star rehab his image, Phillips dumped Gibson in favor of Neeson. There was, like, a whole big thing about it.

It's a bit ironic, then, that Neeson has now himself been cut. But before you go into a panic, no, Neeson didn't assault his ex or go on a drunken, racist tirade or anything. Turns out that the problem had nothing to do with Neeson at all, but rather with something a little more boring -- editing issues that rendered Neeson's scene nonsensical, requiring it be re-filmed.

So who's going to be standing in for Neeson since he's too busy with his own movies to redo the scene? None other than indie auteur Nick Cassavetes, who has appeared in or directed dozens of movies, including the decidedly non-indie hit "The Notebook."

"We were in a complete time crunch," Phillips explained, "so I called up Nick and asked if he would do the part." And it's a good thing he was available -- "The Hangover" is set to debut in theaters in just six weeks.

A debut it will now have to make without Liam Neeson.