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

by Anne Thompson
October 21, 2010 10:16 AM
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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.

8 Comments

  • Mark | October 22, 2010 10:42 AMReply

    Hollywood is full of sanctimonious hypocrites. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" as the old saying goes.

    I couldn't care less what Mel Gibson says and does in his private life. This guy brought me Mad Max, Gallipoli, The Road Warrior, The River, The Year of Living Dangerously, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, The Man Without A Face, Maverick, Braveheart, Signs, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto, among others. I hope he can get his Viking pic put together...

  • David | October 22, 2010 5:31 AMReply

    Perhaps you would feel differently if you knew that Mel Gibson hates your guts not for anything you ever did or said but for the way you were born. That's the situation I find myself in and I wholeheartedly support Zach and others willing to stand up to hate.

  • mpejko | October 21, 2010 12:53 PMReply

    In addition: Wasn't Mike Tyson convicted of rape? Didn't he bite a guy's ear off in the boxing ring? Did he not spout aggreesive homophobic slurs to a packed press at a weigh in?

  • mpejko | October 21, 2010 12:29 PMReply

    And yet, people are lining up to work with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski any place, any time.

    Hypocrites.

  • anya | October 21, 2010 11:40 AMReply

    or maybe he'll just go away.

    he did more than commit a faux pas or speak ill advisedly. he is an abusive, racist, sexist bully who thinks he can treat people, especially women, like dirt. you may not like his girlfriend, i don't, but still there's no excuse for his behavior and maybe some people don't want to have to be around him. there's no guarantee he won't act like that on the set and there's a reason why the concept of a "hostile work environment" exists.

    i'm not a fan of Zach Galifianakis, but with his action he's won my respect.

  • Edward Wilson | October 21, 2010 11:39 AMReply

    He should go take pictures with fans at Dragon Con like Luke Perry to rehab his image!

  • The Pope | October 21, 2010 11:35 AMReply

    Anne, yes and no. "Shun him on the set, don’t talk to him..." That is just another sort of blacklist. The first and last thing any person is supposed to have is principles and while I never like to see anyone ostracized for who they are, or what they believe, Mel has definitely brought this upon himself. We all know that racist and misogynist behavior is learned.
    He is a man who suffers immensely and who causes immense suffering. All anyone can do is offer him understanding and empathy. But he has to change, he must be humble and recognize his failings and then he can grow and heal.

  • Derek 8-Track | October 21, 2010 10:53 AMReply

    maybe if I write him a fan Letter he will let me take the part Leo dropped out of for his Viking pic.

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