Liam Neeson: Gibson's cool with 'Hangover' replacement
November 11th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Liam Neeson: Gibson's cool with 'Hangover' replacement

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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  1. Esal

    You are right that Mel Gibson misses the point of the cross, which is not about how much tourtre Jesus could endure, but about shame. This is only one of MANY problems in his film.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tom, Long Beach, California

    bring on the Kardashians.....Hollywood is a mess!

    November 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stu

    Hollywood doesn't like Mel's politics. Its that simple. He did nothing worse than Charlie Sheen, yet Hollywood jumped behind him and he gets paid more. Hollywood is trash.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Erin

    Mel Gibson not good enough for hangover 2, but Mike Tyson, convicted rapist, ok for hangover 1?? I have to question the logic here!

    November 12, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. alek

    Zach Galifianakis isn't even funny anyway. I don't care about Mel, but I can't beleive they caved in for Galifianakis. Actors shouldn't get to decide who they work with.

    November 12, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • @ alek

      Thankfully, Zach's last name is longer than his career will be. We could probably say his first name is longer as well.

      November 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Roxanne

    Liam neeson is sooooo hot!!! his voice could make chuck norris cry, its that beautiful. and defineitly, he's a great dramatic actor, it will be interesting to see him in a comic film.

    November 12, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Birds of a feather...not

    Liam Neeson is a class act. I think he's making a mistake with this type of movie. He's a great dramatic actor; I loved him in Ethan Fromme. He was also good in Nell and Taken. I didn't see the first Hangover, but I think this role will drag him down.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lissie

    Mel's actions were reprehensible BUT so was Alec Baldwin bashing of his daughter. Only Mel is ostracized and Alec is, sadly, hosting the Oscars. This inequity is ridiculous and unfair. Give Mel a second chance or wipe Alec Baldwin's fat butt and bad acting off the planet.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Not to mention that they had a convicted rapist on he first Hangover movie.

      November 12, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel

    How about another carton of cigarettes Mel?

    November 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hypocrits

    The same people who bash Mel Gibson for his actions will turn around and support Charlie Sheen and say he shouldn't lose his job. Just a bunch of hypocrits who are trying to keep Mel Gibson from ever working again because of the demons he fights in the real world. Before you criticize him, look in the mirror b/c when you point your finger at another, three other fingers are pointing back at you!!!

    November 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rach

    Yeah, Mel is kinda a D-bag for sure. It's sad really. Oh, and The Hangover was funny. Sequels are always iffy though. It could go either way.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. matt

    The Hangover was not the best comedy of all time. It wasn't that good of movie to begin with. Liam Nelson is a better actor than Mel. I'm a Gibson fan...and regardless of who is in the movie..the hangover 2 is going to be horrible.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lol

    He's got no choice..... that's what happens when you are a D bag.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |

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