No Hangover for Mel as the cast demand troubled star be kicked out of movie role
Scandal-ridden Hollywood star Mel Gibson has lost out on a cameo part in the sequel to The Hangover after objections from the cast and crew.
Director Todd Phillips and film studio Warner Bros were ready to cast the Oscar-winning actor and director of movies such as Braveheart as a tattoo artist in The Hangover 2, but have now withdrawn the offer.
"I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of (the studio)," Phillips said in a joint statement with Warner Bros. "But I realise filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew."
The Hangover 2 will reunite Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha, who starred in the 2009 original in which the friends try to piece together events of a rowdy Las Vegas bachelor party and find their lost buddy. The movie raked in more than $467m (e334m) at global box offices.
No reason was given for the apparent rebellion against Gibson performing in the sequel, but it follows a scandal that has engulfed Gibson for months over audiotapes of phone calls in which he rants at his former girlfriend.
Gibson, who has remained silent in the face of months of damaging publicity, also offended Hollywood's Jewish community with an anti-Semitic tirade after a 2006 drunk driving arrest.
Gibson's representative had no comment yesterday.
Los Angeles police are investigating Gibson (54) on suspicion of domestic abuse against his ex-lover, Russian-born singer Oksana Grigorieva, with whom he has a one-year-old daughter.
Grigorieva (40) is being investigated for possible extortion against Gibson. Neither has been charged.
The pair split in early 2010 and have been fighting in the courts over custody of their daughter.
Meanwhile, a US judge ruled that detectives will have unrestricted access to search the contents of a computer used by Gibson's ex-girlfriend while they investigate claims she tried to extort the actor.
An attorney for Grigorieva was seeking a ruling that would limit what sheriff's detectives could look for on the computer, which the Russian-born musician said contains loads of personal information, including videos, letters and photos.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon said he could not dictate what detectives search for, but that they may be barred from using certain information if a criminal case against Grigorieva is filed.
Detectives will be working off a copy of the computer's hard drive because Grigorieva's computer has been returned to her.