Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014) R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014) Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Watch: Al Pacino Plays An Aging Rocker Transformed By John Lennon In First Trailer For ‘Danny Collins’ Watch: Al Pacino Plays An Aging Rocker Transformed By John Lennon In First Trailer For ‘Danny Collins’ Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, And More Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, And More Watch: First Trailer For 'The Age Of Adaline' Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn And Harrison Ford Watch: First Trailer For 'The Age Of Adaline' Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn And Harrison Ford Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination'  Starring Ethan Hawke SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination' Starring Ethan Hawke From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Liam Neeson Replaces Mel Gibson In 'The Hangover 2'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist October 22, 2010 at 6:56AM

I Have A Very Particular Set Of Skills: Mainly The Inability To Turn Down Paid Work
6

I Have A Very Particular Set Of Skills: Mainly The Inability To Turn Down Paid Work

Todd Phillips and Warner Bros had a dream. To take the home-run sequel to last year's biggest comedy hit, and use it to rehabilitate the career of drunken, racist, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, generally vile human being Mel Gibson, who managed to self-destruct in spectacular fashion earlier in the year after a series of phone calls to his ex-girlfriend were leaked to the press.

But, leaks not being Gibson's friend, word of the actor's participation in "The Hangover 2," in the cameo role of a Bangkok tattoo artist, got out, and, combined with what sounds like general unrest among Phillip's cast and crew about the decision, principally, it seems, from Zach Galifianakis, the casting was scotched yesterday, with the director releasing a statement in which he admitted that "this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my cast and crew."

But no time has been wasted in replacing the colossal prick, as The Hollywood Reporter have announced that Liam Neeson has joined the cast in the 'pivotal' role. Supposedly Bradley Cooper, Neeson's co-star in "The A-Team," is responsible for his involvement. Neeson's character is described as "crazy" and "intense," "someone you're afraid to talk to." Hey, why didn't they cast Mel Gibson, he's crazy and intense, and he could probably use the w... oh, yeah, right.

THR state that it's unclear if the part "will be altered to incorporate Neeson's sensibilities," which, as we learnt this morning, mostly involve thumping foreigners in distant parts in the world. Neeson rarely works in comedy, but he can certainly look intimidating, and at least he's not going to call Ken Jeong something unrepeatable and constantly demand blowjobs from the crew.

All we know is that an on-set atmosphere like this has to create a happy, comfortable, loving atmosphere for the creation of comedy. The film hits a mere seven months from now, on May 26th, 2011.


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates