Todd Phillips - Todd Phillips: 'Film Crew Persuaded Me To Cut Mel Gibson Cameo'

Moviemaker Todd Phillips has spoken out about his decision to cut a Mel Gibson cameo from his The Hangover sequel, insisting it just wasn't worth upsetting members of his crew just for two minutes of film.
The director invited the embattled star to shoot a hilarious cameo in the movie, but too many crew members were upset about the idea, following the release of Gibson's rage-filled phone rant aimed at his ex-lover Oksana Grigorieva and her allegations he attacked her.
Movie star Zach Galifianakis was singled out as the cast member who was opposed to Gibson's involvement in the comedy sequel, but Phillips tells Entertainment Weekly magazine it was others who made him change his mind and replace the movie star with Liam Neeson.
He explains, "A lot of people voiced opinions. Yes, I'm the director and I could have said f**k you to everybody and this is what we're doing, but I also have to put the movie ahead of my own ego and say, 'What's best for the movie when we still have 10 weeks ahead of us?'
"The truth is, it's not worth causing a rift in this family... over a two-minute cameo."


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Should have checked with the crew before asking Gibson. I for one do not believe this excuse. It's not as if some of the cast and the storyline is a moral beacon. And Gibson had only nice things to say about Todd. I have my own theory, but I am sure so have many who have been following this slow and sytematical dismantling of a colleagues reputation. As Gibson said himself, it was his own fault, he gave his detractors the opportunity on a plate and they are enjoying it to the hilt. I hope Gibson gets the help he needs, he has a good heart.
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Should have checked with the crew before asking Gibson, I for one do not believe this excuse. But no doubt it will be repeated ad infinitum. It's not as if some of the cast or the storyline are a beacon for morality and good taste. And Gibson had only nice things to say about Todd. I have my own theory, but I am sure so have many who have been following this slow, relentless and systematic dismantling of someone’s reputation and history. As Gibson said himself, it was his own fault; he gave his detractors the opportunity on a plate. I am sure Ari Emanuel is involved there somewhere. I hope Gibson gets the help he needs, he has a good heart.
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