Zach Galifianakis jokes about canned Gibson cameo
October 27th, 2010
01:09 PM ET

Zach Galifianakis jokes about canned Gibson cameo

"The Hangover" star Zach Galifianakis is finally speaking out about Mel Gibson being cut from the hit movie's upcoming sequel.

During a podcast earlier this month, the funnyman hinted that he was in a deep protest on the set of the film, but refused to give specifics. At the October 25 Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, however, Galifianakis made the issue a bit more obvious, reports E! Online.

Accepting the evening's Comedy Actor Award, Galifianakis referred to "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips as "the worst Jew in Hollywood," before adding, "That's an inside joke!"

Gibson, of course, made headlines for anti-Semitic comments he made during a 2006 DUI bust, when he ranted to officers that "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."

Meanwhile, Phillips says he has no regrets about axing Gibson and handing over the role of a Bangkok tattoo artist to Liam Neeson.

"'The Hangover 2' is a family ... and as much as I loved the idea [of Gibson being in the film], a lot of people didn't," he told "Entertainment Tonight." "I didn't want anything to come in between that family."

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  1. Kay

    Why's everyone so riled up about this, it's internal hollywood politics and has little do with us mortals on the outside. So Mel Gibson meesed up, he'll have a couple or more of hard times then people will move on, just like everyone else does in hollywood and the US, people forget fast. So now people are upset because the Mel thing is still fresh, cast memebers are not ready to work with him yet, but they got over the Tyson thing years ago, I bet in 5 years down the line Zach could work with Mel on a movie and no one will remember what we are talking about here. We need to stop letting hollywood control our lifestyles like that.

    November 1, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. sally

    Whoopie, Jodie, Robert,Chris Rock said he not racist. I want see any of Zach or Bradley movies.

    October 30, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sally

    Whoopie, Jodie, Robert and Chris Rock have taken up for him.

    October 30, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gg

    This is exactly why so many people have stopped going to the movies, this kind of petty blacklisting, over stuff that has not been proven to be legit. It is also why their is a cultural divide.

    October 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rucker

    Mike Tyson is going to be in the Hangover 2. But Zach and Brandley ok with that but not Mel. Mike said he didn"care because he does't live in a glass house so he wouldn"t throw a stone at anyone.

    October 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lillian

    Wow, didn't think Zach Galifianakis was such a jerk. This is a lynching, just like they did to Robert Downy Jr. for a while.
    He is a brilliant actor, the rest is none of our business.

    October 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @Lillian- "the rest is none of our business" ummm when you put yourself in the public eye you are inviting people to watch and scrutinize your life. If he can't take criticism maybe he shouldnt have been throwing out his own... or he can just not be a prejudice d1ck. Whichever is easier.

      Go cry about it Mel, you know, have another drink and punch your wife while she's carrying your baby. But who knows... I bet some of you morons think she broke her own teeth? You Mel supporters are pathetic. Would you also defend a man who hit your daughter, mother, sister? I'd of buried him had he hit someone I knew. And look Mel... thats exactly what those PESKY Jews are doing.


      October 28, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. rucker

    Not just Whoopi but Chris Rock said he wasn't racist.

    October 27, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. colin weber

    over the years, mike tyson has demonstrated more racism than mel gibson has! look it up folks! where is the condemnation of that?? oh, that's right. don't want to offend the black guy or the pc crowd. sad little hypocrites.

    October 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ammie crowley

    im jewish & i love mad max mel ive never believed that he said all that crap when he was charged w/that dui lapd is 2 much like nycpd & nopd cops r trained 2 lie mr gibson is a great actor & his personal life is his bussiness not minew

    October 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nino

    god forbid we say something wrong about the jews.. I agree with him.

    October 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      It wouldn't have mattered WHAT group he said it about. Its the fact that he still said something completely hateful and unfounded. The man is a bigot and deserves all the snubs he is recieving. It's not because he obviously hates Jewish people, its because he is an alcoholic abuser who is a racist and is discriminatory. Who would want to work with someone like that? Talk about a hostile working enviroment.

      his movie The Passion wasn't that great. I've seen better Veggie Tales episodes.

      October 28, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. josephine

    Mel is too good for The Hangover anyway. That bearded troll, Zack, will have a career that lasts about 2 minutes compared to Mr. Gibson's. I didn't think the 1st Hangover movie was very good so I surely will NOT waste 2 hrs of my life watching the 2nd.

    October 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fast

      You seem to only be a loser who sits and judges folks on message boards. Great work as a human. You must be so very pleased with yourself. All of you.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SD5150

    If you like Mel Gibson after everything he has said, be like him in Lethal Weapon, but instead of wussing out, pull the trigger and save us all from your ignorant rants and justifications. Just leave Earth, period.

    October 27, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Jones

      Its funny to look back and see that Mel Gibson wasn't acting, he is actually a lunatic. A Racist and a Bigot and people defend him, why because he can "act"? Get a clue people, how many of you would love your daughters or mothers or wives to be with him!? I hope not many, and if you do, make sure you take your white cloak and hood off before you drive your pickup truck to get more alcohol and meth.

      October 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hotnoodletuna

    Interesting that everyone is focusing either their support or derision on Mel Gibson's issue with this woman and not at all on the fact that he is a blatant antisemite who said incredibly ridiculous and offensive things. To those who would minimize those things as the careless ramblings of someone who has had too much to drink, I can only laugh. Sure I have said embarassing things that don't bear repeating when I was drunk. THey have never been racist things, though. Know why? Because I am not a racist, and losing my inhibitions does not prompt me to say hateful things. If the minute your inhibitions are stripped away by alcohol you start saying racist things, that means you are a racist, and I, for one, am glad that Gibson the antisemite was removed from this movie. I would not have gone to see it if he was in it personally, and I loved the original

    October 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BroFromTheO

    I can feel it, coming in the air tonight. Here's the chorus guys...

    October 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lady Gag

    Who is Zach G.....I seriously never heard of him before........he has a right to like or not like the Melster......I doubt if Mel cares and I STILL LOVE ME SOME MEL !!!!

    October 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Victor

    Zach is an a$$ and Phillips is a punk for giving in to his demands. Mel Gibson may not be a saint, but neither is Mike Tyson and you didn't see anyone boycotting his return did you?

    October 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      mel is a$$ and a punk – you would think they would have gotten along just fine... no wait – we don't know about these other two guys.... but we DO know about mel.... nevermind.

      October 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Denizen Kate

    Who is the big fat hairy guy and why is anyone listening to his opinion on Mel Gibson or anyone else?

    This guy stands out as a representation of a Hollywood double standard: if Zach were a woman, she would be completely unknown. It's okay to be a big, unkempt slob if you're a man, but women who want success in films must be stick people in skimpy clothing.

    October 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Same reason anyone is listening to your opinion – we all have one! hahahahahaha

      Kathy Bates? she's done OK – Rosy O'Donnell? Roseanne Barr? I'd say some big, unkempt women have done OK... besides – isn't it more the male ticket buying public that like this guy and turn thumbs down to a female who isn't up to their 'standards'? Hollywood puts out what sells...... physician heal thyself!

      October 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  18. fidel

    U c me

    October 27, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  19. MadCityBabe the way, I wonder what demons/skeletons Mr. Zack G has....and when they decide to come out; however, when they do....everyone will say "Zack who?!"

    October 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  20. MadCityBabe

    ........Mel will get back on top soon................he's a his's terrible is private pain was made public.......................who out there hasnt had a meltdown on some level or another......the masses just dont hear about it........everyone has demons and sometimes they attack full force..........

    October 27, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  21. BroFromTheO

    Yeah, maybe after 9/11, where everybody got so sensitive. Thanks a lot, bin Laden.

    October 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • LL

      HAHAHA.. a much needed comment Bro. Lets not forget friends that we are in the ENTERTAINMENT section of CNN.COM.. this is not a political debate. ITS A MOVIE.. it's there for entertainment. He was not not star of the movie, he wasn't in the first one so it is not like we will miss him in the second.

      October 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  23. dave

    Mel's body of work is awesome.
    That said, the biggest, most recent mistake he made was getting involved with that cheap, money grubbing model, whats-her-name. Anyone looking at this and not seeing she set him up to extort millions is an idiot.
    He def has a drinking problem, has for a long time. I hope he keeps it under control and does some more work.
    People love a train wreck, and Mel has produced that. Big time. He needs to remember that that is not his gig, and leave that to those less talented. Think I'll watch Apocalypto tonight.

    October 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      You're the idiot. Or are you saying mel is the idiot? Blaming the victim is pi$$ poor.

      October 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Marin: She blackmailed him, pretending to be a victim. Bad on Mel for falling for it, but so be it. I WILL NOT jump on board the train rolling over Mel. He's been acting like a fool, but that's no crime. I hope he makes more movies. Those saying his career is over... who the fu-k gave you that right?

      October 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      You don't know the first thing about abusive relationships. You blow smoke saying she was faking and/or blackmailing anyone – you don't know that and all FACTS go to saying she wasn't. Stop ragging on other folks for doing exactly what you are doing..

      October 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • scandanger

      The cast has a right to decide who should be in the movie one way or another. Yes Tyson was convicted, but he did his time. That still doesn't doesn't make him a saint. Mel has a very dangerous and destructive habit and should seriously think about long-term rehab for his alcohol addiction and counseling for his biased remarks. As for the allegations his lady keeps bringing up, I must take those as they come with eyes wide open. If you listen to the tapes that were leaked by RadarOnLine (gee, isn't it so coincidental that they just seem to be everywhere on this case?), his rants don't really mesh well with what she is actually saying. They seem to be incoherent ramblings while she tries to interject with something innocuous yet damaging to him. This is a woman who has worked her way through a number of men, using them to get to even more important and rich men. This is a fact-look it up. Mel very well may have a case for extortion as he has not been carted off to jail and the LAPD have said that they were not ruling his claims out. All I am saying is that Mel has very deep problems that he must iron out first before people will take him at face value again. There are two sides to every story and we don't know what happens behind closed doors, despite the entertainment news media trying to get into everything. The people do have short attention spans and will let things slide eventually, but the media is unrelenting. If they can get that last bit of blood out of the corpse, they will. This whole thing is just a sad mess.

      November 5, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  24. Matt

    Galifianakis has veto power over Mel Gibson, an oscar winning actor??!! What a joke! It is a stupid comedy. Gibson made one of the best films of all time. How upside down is this? Gibson's film legacy will far out last Galifanakis'? They can't find another bearded weirdo? Come on!

    October 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  25. MG

    I find it pretty amazing that the cast and crew had no difficulty working with a convicted rapist and ear biter but Mel Gibson was a problem. I bet there have been times in everyones life that they have behaved or spoken in a way that would be embarrassing if the masses witnessed it.

    October 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. meadow muffin

    Mel Gibson is an awsome actor and's a shame people believe that gold digger sk**k he was with...hmmmm funny how she just happen to (so calmly) record all those tapes, and have them released to the media unbeknownst to her....helloooo...extortion...I hope the hangover 2 bombs..Mel Rocks!

    October 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      Ridiculous post, muffin.......... mel should be old enough to know what he is doing. He has how many other children? If he doesn't know what causing babies he should keep it in his pants. Trying to blame someone else for his behavior is moronic. You want to give him a pass but call her a sk**k and extortion? Please! Give some facts on that front. You obviously know nothing about abusive relationships.

      October 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  27. flip

    Mike Tyson might be a tad crazy but no one really belives that a young woman would be just wanting to hang out with a multi-millionaire @ 3am. And I'm not too bright but when did mike Tyson become racist.

    October 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Maria

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty!!! .........AND.........Hollywood has moral values? PLEASE!!!!!

    October 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |

      Are you kidding me? Innocent until proven guilty??? He was considered innocent, until he was proven guilty by the tapes of him slandering from the police. Then the tapes of him degrading a woman he was in a relationship with. Not once, not twice, but thrice. Mel Gibson used to be a good actor, now he is a lush who is following in the footsteps of his alcoholic racist father. He is an abusive, pos who deserves what he gets.

      November 4, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  29. Bilbo

    What's funny in hollywood is that nobody minds working with woody Allen or roman Polanski. Hollywood has openly accepted rapists and pedophiles but god forbid anyone slander the Jews and there career is over with.

    October 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jews = Chosen People

      Mess with us and you never work again! MUWAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

      P.S. Woody Allen, and Roman Polanski are both sc*m/bags, and the only way they can get movies made is by paying for it themselves.

      October 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  30. anthonybradley

    Mel is a great actor and u shouldnt hold this against him forever give him another chance

    October 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Russ

    Grow up, its a movie. So what who they cast in it, its their call to cast anyone they want. The Hangover was hilarious and a huge success. I can't wait to see part 2.

    October 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  32. MadCityBabe

    Take Care Mr. Zach................get off your soap will NEVER have the lasting star power of Mel Gibson......................

    October 27, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  33. ursostuupid

    What a load of BS. No objectiions to Mike Tyson the ear chewing racist rapist, but Lawd Forbid Mel Gibson, who had a horrible relationship with a gold digger cannot be on the same screen with these newbie actors who are so full of themselves. I won't be watching the Hang Over 2.

    October 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • B=Dog

      Tyson is an EX Con.... he did his time.

      Mel is a sc*mbag woman abusing, racist.... It's over Mel.

      October 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  34. JSRagman

    Way to go Zach and Todd! It's nice to see young actors take a stand against ignorance and hate which Mel seems to be full of.

    October 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • R u serious

      Take a stand. Since when is allowing a convicted rapist on set taking a stand. Get a grip. The hypocrisy is blinding.

      October 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMC

      The rants of an alcholic does not define who the person is. You self-righteous hypocrits are quick to "forgive" the likes of Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey, Jr, etc, but not Mel Gibson and why??? because he had the b*lls to make a hit movie The Passion without any funding from the Hollywood crowd!! You are so quick not to "blacklist" liberal actors/politicians who make mistakes, but anyone who doesn't fit the "liberal mold", fire the & keep them from earning a living. Shame on all of you and I guarantee, this movie nor any movie Mr. Gali... stars in will never get a dime of my money!!

      October 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  35. c herr

    A convicted rapist is fine. No problem. But not mel gibson? What a hypocrite. Will not waste any money on that one.

    October 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  36. yoly

    This movie was a hit. Whether you like mel or not, that's a personal opinion. He's a good actor, not great, but besides the point, he doesn't sounds like a good person. The "hangover" stands alone with the current cast and I will watch it...

    October 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  37. kane

    The first Hangover movie totally sucked anyways and they need someone in their movie who has publicly shown the world how to properly discipline your wife. They've already had an african racist in Mike Tyson.

    October 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  38. gi milsem procap

    If Whoopi says Mel Gibson is NOT a racist then that is that!

    October 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  39. kane

    I hope this movie bombs and goes down as a total failure for dropping The Man....Mel Gibson.

    October 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |

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