November 11th, 2010
04:01 PM ET
Rather than dwell on being ditched from "The Hangover 2," Mel Gibson has already moved on. In fact, his replacement, Liam Neeson, says Gibson is just fine with the fact that he'll be filling his shoes.
“I spoke to Mel. Mel’s cool about it," Neeson, 58, told Access Hollywood. "We’re all cool.”
Gibson, 54, was to have played a Bangkok tattoo artist in the sequel to the hit "The Hangover," but got the axe last month when director Todd Phillips explained that the decision to hire the troubled star "did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew." Reports at the time suggested that actor Zach Galifianakis spearheaded the call for Gibson's cancellation.
Neeson was then approached for the role, but he claims he was unaware of the Gibson controversy. “Apparently, yes [the part was Mel’s] - I didn’t realize it at the time,” he told Access Hollywood.
Regardless, Neeson says his recent conversation with Gibson was "very pleasant," mainly because they have a history. “Mel and I did a movie together about 20 or 25 years ago,” he said, referring to 1984's "The Bounty."
“It was a long time ago. So, we know each other.”
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