Mel Gibson 'not fired' from Hangover 2

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Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married. Along with Doug (Justin Bartha), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and his soon-to-be brother-in-law Teddy (Mason Lee), he regretfully invites Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to Thailand for the wedding. After a quiet night on the beach with a beer and toasting marshmallows by the camp fire, Stu, Alan and Phil wake up in a seedy apartment in Bangkok. Doug is back at the resort, but Teddy is missing. Additionally, there's a monkey with a severed finger, Alan's head is shaved, Stu has a tattoo on his face, and they can't remember any of it.
October 28th, 2010

Mel Gibson was not "fired" from a cameo on 'The Hangover 2'.

The film's director Todd Phillips has confirmed Gibson was not pushed out of the comedy sequel - in which he was expected to play a Bangkok tattoo artist - to be replaced by Liam Neeson, but confirms the troubled star was only ever "doing a favour" for him.

He said: "No one was ever fired. It's a term that's so obscene to me.

"Someone was doing me a favour to come in for a two-minute cameo, and we changed it. It wasn't like we fired somebody. Gibson was just doing a favour from the beginning."

One of the film's stars, Zach Galifianakis, has previously hinted he was not happy with the idea of Gibson - who is currently undergoing a custody battle with ex-partner Oksana Grigorieva - taking a role in the film, which is currently shooting.

Although he did not mention any specifics, he said: "I'm in a deep protest right now with a movie I'm working on, up in arms about something."