Hangover 2 Director: Mel Gibson Would Have Disrupted Film’s ‘Family’

Mel Gibson

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updated 10/26/2010 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 10/26/2010 AT 2:35 PM ET

Mel Gibson’s proposed cameo in The Hangover 2 wasn’t meant to be, according to director Todd Phillips. But his abrupt departure from the project isn’t any one person’s fault, either.

The Hangover 2 is a family … and as much as I loved the idea, a lot of people didn’t,” Phillips told Entertainment Tonight of his cast and crew. “I didn’t want anything to come in between that family.”

Shortly after news of Gibson’s cameo as a Bangkok tattoo artist emerged, Phillips announced the appearance was canceled – and “[CELEBRITY_LINK quickly replaced Gibson in the role” “” “” “0” ].

There was also speculation that star Zach Galifianakis was leading the call for Gibson’s role cancelation after the comedian gave an interview to a comedy podcast suggesting there were problems on the Hangover 2 set.

Phillips, however, was careful to add that he still respects Gibson’s talent.

“He’s one of our finest actors and, quite honestly, one of our finest directors,” Phillips says.


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