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Warners Dumps Gibson from Hangover 2 Due to Cast and Crew Protest

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 21, 2010 at 10:16AM

Mel Gibson's career rehab hopes via a small role in The Hangover Part II have been dashed, Variety reports. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures took him off the film due to protests from the film's crew and cast (which includes Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms), says director Todd Phillips in a statement:
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Mel Gibson's career rehab hopes via a small role in The Hangover Part II have been dashed, Variety reports. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures took him off the film due to protests from the film's crew and cast (which includes Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms), says director Todd Phillips in a statement:

“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”

I was right when I said Gibson was a Hollywood pariah. I get why people despise the guy: he's anti-semitic, alcoholic, abusive and has lousy taste in girlfriends. But I hate the idea of blacklisting. The man should be able to work. Shun him on the set, don't talk to him--you don't have to be friends with him--but don't prevent him from working because you despise his bigotry and brutish behavior.

Luckily Gibson has the money to make his own movies, which is what he will clearly have to do.

This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, Studios, News, Sequel, Mel Gibson, Warner Bros./New Line


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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.