The big news today in Tinseltown and beyond is that Mel Gibson has been dropped from the sequel of The Hangover. His cameo as a tattoo artist was suppose to function as a springboard for the formerly beloved actor to gain back his status in the public eye.
However, just days after the announcement was made, Mel hit the chopping block. The director of Hangover 2 stated, “The thought Mel would have been great in the movie. But I realize film making is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.” This paired with comments made by Zach Galifianakis about being unhappy with some decisions has led to plenty of speculation that it was him who caused Mel to get the ax.
I think it’s something else.
Or at least a combination of other things. Zach, if unhappy, had probably voiced this opinion strongly previously. Why did the directors choose to have Mel anyway? They announced his participation, so Zach being angry didn’t have the sway to stop it…at least at first.
What’s more likely: Zach’s wishes paired with serious public backlash after the Mel announcement. It got plenty of press, which is aways good for movie studios to create buzz and get butts in seats. But the buzz negative. Plenty of message boards, commenters, bloggers, etc, weren’t very happy with the news. If people forgave him slightly for his anti-Semitic remarks and other bigoted behavior, (allegedly) hitting a woman and baby may have been pushed him (finally!) to the point of no return.
Perhaps Mel was fired because directors realized the majority of people don’t want to see him in a film? Especially a film that involves him within close proximity of a baby. At any rate, I am actually looking forward to the tapes of Mel screaming obscenities at Zach. You know it’s inevitable.