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Liam Neeson's much talked about cameo cut from The Hangover, Part II

Apr. 11, 2011by: Mike Sampson

Once upon a time, Mel Gibson was set to make a cameo in THE HANGOVER, PART II as a slightly unhinged tattoo artist who gives Ed Helms' character a very Mike Tyson-esque tat. But as quickly as news of Gibson's cameo broke, did cast and crew begin to voice their displeasure. So Gibson was ditched and Liam Neeson was brought in to play the cameo instead. And now it looks like Neeson too has been bumped.

Director Todd Phillips said this weekend that he was forced to cut Neeson's cameo from the film after the actor was unavailable for reshoots (Neeson is filming WRATH OF THE TITANS in London). Instead, Phillipps asked friend and fellow director Nick Cassavetes if he would fill in for Neeson and they've instead reshot the entire sequence.

So why were reshoots necessary? Nothing to do with quality, just that Phillips had cut the scene directly after the tattoo parlor and the film no longer had the information the audience needed to understand how the stars get to the next scene. They've now added more dialogue with the tattoo artist to explain how and why they're getting from Point A to Point B.

If you see SCREAM 4 this weekend you'll see that old HANGOVER trailer that was pulled by Warner Bros and a new PG-13 version will be in theaters later this month with the new Tyler Perry film and FAST FIVE.

Source: Variety

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12:43PM on 04/13/2011

should have stuck with mel

say what you want, but Gibson is a better actor and can do funny but I guess its better to have a rapist and abuser than a potential drunk racist.
say what you want, but Gibson is a better actor and can do funny but I guess its better to have a rapist and abuser than a potential drunk racist.
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10:04PM on 04/11/2011

YOU CUT THE SCENE?

WHAT THE HECK?! I will admit I wasnt crazy about having liam Nesson having a cameo apperance in the movie... I would rather have had Mel Gibson or another movie star that would provide a shocking cameo. I am upset because I would have liked something new added to the Hangover story.
WHAT THE HECK?! I will admit I wasnt crazy about having liam Nesson having a cameo apperance in the movie... I would rather have had Mel Gibson or another movie star that would provide a shocking cameo. I am upset because I would have liked something new added to the Hangover story.
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7:57PM on 04/11/2011

Um

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the point of a cameo for it to be a surprise upon release? Loses it's effectiveness if you know about it. I mean, Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder. Had it not took me a minute to realize who it was, it wouldn't have enticed QUITE as big a laugh. I'm not saying don't report it, just saying they shouldn't have planned viral marketing around a leading man cameo and showed their hand.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the point of a cameo for it to be a surprise upon release? Loses it's effectiveness if you know about it. I mean, Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder. Had it not took me a minute to realize who it was, it wouldn't have enticed QUITE as big a laugh. I'm not saying don't report it, just saying they shouldn't have planned viral marketing around a leading man cameo and showed their hand.
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2:47PM on 04/11/2011
If Zach Galifinakis shut his fatass mouth, the Mel Gibson cameo would still be in the film.
If Zach Galifinakis shut his fatass mouth, the Mel Gibson cameo would still be in the film.
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2:17PM on 04/11/2011
Wow....how stupid are average movie going audiences now? It's a drunken night?? I know I have been trashed and been like..."uh how did I get here??" Why does it need to be made clear?
Wow....how stupid are average movie going audiences now? It's a drunken night?? I know I have been trashed and been like..."uh how did I get here??" Why does it need to be made clear?
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11:06AM on 04/11/2011
Cassavetes? I dunno, I say when in doubt always back Busey.
Cassavetes? I dunno, I say when in doubt always back Busey.
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10:26AM on 04/11/2011
Guess they should have went with Mel in the first place.
Guess they should have went with Mel in the first place.
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10:07AM on 04/11/2011
Wow. If the success or failure of this film depended upon Liam's cameo, it's in a lot of trouble. Makes me glad for Liam in a way, because this way he can erase this film from his resume. The first one stunk on hot fucking ice anyway.
Wow. If the success or failure of this film depended upon Liam's cameo, it's in a lot of trouble. Makes me glad for Liam in a way, because this way he can erase this film from his resume. The first one stunk on hot fucking ice anyway.
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9:19AM on 04/11/2011
This sucks, but it's not like it's essential to the story. All they need is to find a different actor (which they did) and be done with it. It'll be just as good in terms of quality.

It's too bad though. Cooper and Leeson had great chemistry in "The A-Team", and it would have been interesting to see that chemistry again.

Excited as hell for this movie. Maybe Charlie Sheen will be in the movie? And most likely Neeson's cut scene will be on the DVD.
This sucks, but it's not like it's essential to the story. All they need is to find a different actor (which they did) and be done with it. It'll be just as good in terms of quality.

It's too bad though. Cooper and Leeson had great chemistry in "The A-Team", and it would have been interesting to see that chemistry again.

Excited as hell for this movie. Maybe Charlie Sheen will be in the movie? And most likely Neeson's cut scene will be on the DVD.
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9:02AM on 04/11/2011
Cautiously excited about this movie, but they've really done a horrible job about keeping things a secret. I would have liked to be surprised about the cameos.
Cautiously excited about this movie, but they've really done a horrible job about keeping things a secret. I would have liked to be surprised about the cameos.
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9:01AM on 04/11/2011
Oh come on! Now I'm not going to check this movie out in theatre. Why cut Neeson out? Whyyyy?
Oh come on! Now I'm not going to check this movie out in theatre. Why cut Neeson out? Whyyyy?
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9:43AM on 04/11/2011
Did you even read the article?
Did you even read the article?
11:05AM on 04/11/2011
I did but I'm still kinda sad not seeing cameo by Neeson. I once read his interview on either Total Film or Empire magazine and sounds like Neeson had fun time shooting the cameo.
I did but I'm still kinda sad not seeing cameo by Neeson. I once read his interview on either Total Film or Empire magazine and sounds like Neeson had fun time shooting the cameo.