In an update to our story from earlier this week, Liam Neeson is replacing Mel Gibson in the cameo role as a tattoo artist in The Hangover 2.
“I just got a call to do a one day shoot on Hangover 2 as a tattooist in Thailand, and that’s all I know about it,” Neeson told Variety. “I just laughed my leg off when I saw The Hangover, I was shooting in Berlin earlier this year and rented it on the hotel TV.”
Director Todd Phillips said in a statement on Thursday that the addition of Gibson ultimately did not have the full support of his entire cast and crew, so he was replaced with Neeson.
“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team,” said Phillips, “But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”
Even with Neeson’s love for the first Hangover, it was an invitation by his A-Team co-star Bradley Cooper to take on the role as a Bangkok tattoo artist. He flew out to the set Thursday from his home in New York.
Warner Bros. Pictures will release The Hangover 2 on May 26, 2011.