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Galifianakis Dive-Bombs Gibson on The Hangover Part II?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 21, 2010 at 12:32PM

Count me in as a Zach Galifianakis fan. His work in The Hangover, It's Kind of a Funny Story and Vanity Fair's sexy bathing suit layout is brilliant.
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Count me in as a Zach Galifianakis fan. His work in The Hangover, It's Kind of a Funny Story and Vanity Fair's sexy bathing suit layout is brilliant.

But it seems that he fought against casting Mel Gibson in a cameo on The Hangover Part II. Galifianakis refuses to accept some roles on moral grounds, he told Scott Aukerman, the host of the podcast Comedy Death-Ray, earlier this month:


"But a movie you're acting in, you don't have a lot of control—you just show up and vomit your lines out. I'm not the boss. I'm in a deep protest right now with a movie I'm working on, up in arms about something. But I can't get the guys to [listen] ... I'm not making any leeway." He cut off Aukerman when he tried to say the name of the movie he was shooting at the time, which started with H. Galifianakis added: "It has something to do with a movie I'm working on, yeah. I'll tell you about it later. It's very frustrating."


It looks like Galifianakis got his way. Moral grounds? Abhor Gibson as much as you want: he's got it coming. But this reeks of blacklisting.

[Hat Tip: Vulture.]


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.