PREACH IT! In which Zach Galifianakis does our Mel Gibson preaching for us
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If we weren’t Zach Galifianakis fans before, we sure are now.
For those of you who use the Internet only for chain letters and kitten videos, let us fill you in: Mel Gibson was supposed to be tapped for a comeback cameo in the upcoming sequel to ‘The Hangover.’ Director Todd Phillips had selected Gibson to play a tattoo artist living in Bangkok. Everything was set.
Until the rest of the production — the people who don’t breathe the rarified air reserved for producers and directors — found out about the decision and pointed out the obvious. Which is that Gibson is kind of a bigoted, misogynistic vole of a human being who, maybe, should be in someone else’s movie.
Now we hear that Gibson is being replaced with Liam Neeson. There’s also a good indication of who led the vanguard against Gibson. And the clue comes via a certain star’s interview in a comedy podcast.
‘I’m in a deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something,’ Galifianakis said during a recent edition of Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Death-Ray. 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.’
That frustration apparently didn’t last long. Phillips has since put out a statement confirming that he probably should have listened to his worker bees a little sooner, and now Gibson will have to find some other place to make his comeback.
Maybe Jodie Foster can find Gibson some additional work.
— Leslie Gornstein
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