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Zach Galifianakis vs. Mel Gibson

Zach Galifianakis The Hangover No to Mel GibsonZach Galifianakis in 'The Hangover': Saying No to Mel Gibson?

'The Hangover 2': Zach Galifianakis vs. Mel Gibson?

Zach Galifianakis may have been the reason for the cancellation of Mel Gibson's cameo in Todd Phillips' The Hangover Part II. The cameo was meant to be Gibson's first baby step into mainstream Hollywood moviemaking following his (latest) fall from grace, the result of various expletive-filled phone calls and accusations of battery.

Galifianakis' involvement hasn't been confirmed, but at least that's how many in the media have interpreted his remarks to Comedy Death-Ray host Scott Aukerman. (The podcast transcript and comments below are from Anne Thompson's “Thompson on Hollywood”):

“But 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.” He cut off Aukerman when he tried to say the name of the movie he was shooting at the time, which started with H. Galifianakis added: “It has something to do with a movie I'm working on, yeah. I'll tell you about it later. It's very frustrating.”

Zach Galifianakis also said he's known for refusing movie roles on “moral” grounds – whatever those may be. Ironically, Gibson, a devout Catholic, used to be known as a man of high moral principles.

Tod Phillips regrets casting change

Yesterday (Oct. 21, '10), without naming Zach Galifianakis or anybody else, Todd Phillips announced in a statement:

I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of [Warner Brothers Motion Pictures Division president] 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.

Best Director Oscar winner

Although best known for The Hangover, Zach Galifianakis has been featured in about 20 films, including What Happens in Vegas, Up in the Air, Dinner for Schmucks, and the upcoming Due Date.

Mel Gibson took home the Best Director Academy Award for the highly fictionalized “historical” epic Braveheart (1995), in which he also starred in the title role and which also won Best Picture. His recent attempted comeback in Martin Campbell's thriller Edge of Darkness fizzled, as the film was a major flop.

Best Actor Oscar nominee Liam Neeson (Schindler's List, 1993) may now inherit Gibson's cameo. The Hangover 2, which also stars Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms, is scheduled to open in summer 2011.

Zach Galifianakis The Hangover image: Frank Masi / Warner Bros.

Keira Knightley, Last Night
Keira Knightley, Last Night

Oct. 28: Last Night, Massy Tadjedin's New York-set marital drama starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes, and Guillaume Canet, opened the 2010 edition of the Rome Film Festival this evening, Oct. 28.

Regarding the subject of marital infidelity – the central topic in Last Night – Knightley told reporters the following:

“Sometimes I went into it thinking the mental infidelity was worse, then we're shooting and I think, 'No, No, the physical's much worse. I come out and I have no idea.”

Outside the theater, Italian film industry workers were less concerned with how one engages in extra-marital flings than with the decision of Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing government to cut funds for the arts.

The Last Night red carpet ceremony was canceled, but the film's director and performers made an appearance to express their solidarity with their fellow film industry workers.

Photo: Rome Film Festival.


         
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