Earlier this week, the /mel-gibson-joins-the-hangover-2/news broke that Mel Gibson was set for a cameo in next summer's highly anticipated comedy sequel The Hangover 2, a move that mirrored Mike Tyson's inclusion in the original. The decision to include the troubled actor in the movie didn't sit well with certain unnamed individuals on set, which has led director Todd Phillips to axing the cameo altogether.

Phillips owns the franchise rights to The Hangover and has final say in what happens with the sequel. In an official statement from Warner Bros., the director made it clear that he wants to keep his cast and crew happy, and sided with them in the decision to cancel Mel Gibson's cameo. Here is what Todd Phillips had to say:

"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."
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Some speculate that Zach Galifianakis was one of the ringleaders behind getting Mel Gibson removed from the set. Vulture reported on comments the comedian made while appearing on the Comedy Death-Ray Podcast, and they believed that Galifianakis was talking about the inclusion of Gibson in the sequel. Here are his comments:

"...A movie you're acting in, you don't have a lot of control - you just show up and vomit your lines out. I'm not the boss. I'm in a deep protest right now with a movie I'm working on, up in arms about something. But I can't get the guys to [listen] ... I'm not making any leeway. It has something to do with a movie I'm working on, yeah. I'll tell you about it later. It's very frustrating."

Mel Gibson was set to play a Bangkok tattoo artist. There is no word on whether the role will be recast, or if the scene involving his character will be completely omitted from the script.

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