New York (AIN): The Hangover director Todd Philips has
praised Mel Gibson as an actor, but also justified the reason
behind axing him from the sequel The Hangover 2.
Entertainment tonight reported that Gibson was furious at producers
of the sequel for firing him, as it was considered as his Hollywood
comeback following a legal battle with ex-girlfriend Oksana
Grigorieva, who alleges he assaulted and threatened her.
Phillips said the decision to fire Gibson was the result of
protests from the cast and crew. “He"s (Gibson) one of our finest
actors and quite honestly, one of our finest directors. But 'The
Hangover 2' is a family and as much as I loved the idea, a lot of
people didn"t. I didn't want anything to come in between that
family," the New York Post quoted Phillips as saying at the 14th
Annual Hollywood Awards.
Liam Neeson has replaced Gibson in The Hangover 2 for a
cameo as a tattoo artist.