Liam Neeson’s Cameo Cut From ‘The Hangover Part II’

Published by Seth Quillen in: Film -- Date: 9 Apr 2011 Comments: 0

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According to Variety, Liam Neeson’s cameo as a Bangkok tattoo artist in The Hangover Part II has been cut from the film. Neeson originally grabbed the cameo appearance set for Mel Gibson, who given the boot due to cast and crew making a fuss over Gibson PR issues at the time.

As far as Neeson, director, Todd Phillips explained that after re-cutting the The Hangover sequel which “follows a similar structure to the first ‘Hangover,’ in that it is a mystery/investigation comedy” with interlocking scenes. And that the scene with Neeson did not logically get the Wolf Pack (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms) to next scene… or clue.  Phillips would have re-shot the scene with Neeson but Neeson was busy over in England shooting the sequel to Clash of the Titans.
 
In a crunch for time, Phillips called up Nick Cassavetes, who’s best know for directing films like The Notebook and John Q, to fill in for the role. Phillips said of Cassavetes “He came in and crushed it and that is the scene that you will ultimately see in the film. [I’m excited for everyone] to see the film. It turned out great.” The Hangover Part II hits theaters May 26.

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