Just As He Thought Things Were Looking Up: Mel Gibson Dropped From Hangover Sequel

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Earlier this week NewsFeed reported that things were looking up for Mel Gibson, when he was reportedly offered a cameo role in the sequel to The Hangover, a Todd Phillips film that took more than $467 million globally. We spoke too soon.

According to the BBC, Gibson has been turned down for the role after objections from the cast and crew of the film. Tod Phillips, the director, said in a statement that he had planned to cast Gibson as a tattoo artist, but did not have “the full support of my entire cast and crew.” Philips said he and studio Warner Brothers thought “Mel would have been great,” but went on to say “I realize film-making is a collaborative effort and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.” (Read about Mel Gibson’s Rants: What the Therapists Think)

The decision follows the release of recordings of Gibson, 54, apparently threatening his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his one year-old-daughter. Los Angeles police are investigating Gibson on suspicion of domestic abuse against Grigorieva. Meanwhile, she is being investigated over claims that she tried to extort money from Gibson. The whole thing does not look pretty. (Check out Time’s Top 10 Badly Behaved Celebrities)