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:
“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.