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.”