After a week of rumors and gossip-mongering (you’re welcome), The Hangover 2′s director Todd Phillips now confirms that yes,Ã‚Â Mel Gibson got the boot because some of the cast (i.e. everyone except Todd Phillips) was not ready share a craft services table with Mel’s wack-a-doodleness.
Defending Gibson (sort of), Phillips explains, “He’s one of our finest actors and, quite honestly, one of our finest directors. But The Hangover 2 is a family … and as much as I loved the idea, a lot of people didn’t … I didn’t want anything to come in between that family.” You see, it’s a lot like your real family at Thanksgiving. Your dad reluctantly invites ol’ racist Uncle Mel even though you all know he’s just going to drink the cooking sherry and call your new boyfriend “sugar tits”, and it’s not until Uncle Zach Galifianakis threatens to quit that Uncle Mel has to leave. Or something like that. Our point is: good call, Todd!
Reportedly having put up the biggest stink against Gibson’s cameo, Galifianakis joked on Monday that director Phillips wasÃ‚Â “the worst Jew in Hollywood,” explaining, “that’s an inside joke.” You guys, it’s one thing to kick Gibson off the movie, but to steal his lines?Ã‚Â For shame. We as an audience really don’t mind waiting for another one of Gibson’s secretly recorded rants to hear another gem like that one. No, really. We don’t.