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Mel Gibson: Timeout Oksana, I’m In The Hangover 2

Posted by on October 19, 2010 at 11:52 AM EST

mel gibson the hangover 2Mel Gibson has managed to find time away from the Oksana legal debacle to star in The Hangover 2.

In what may be on the most obvious cases of art imitating life Mel Gibson has been confirmed as joining the cast of The Hangover 2. Mel will reportedly have a cameo role much like the role Mike Tyson played in the first movie. He will portray a tattoo artist.

The Hangover 2 has begun shooting at the Warner Bros back lot where they have constructed a scaled version of Bangkok. In this much-anticipated sequel all the original players from the first movie are back including Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Justin Bartha. Todd Phillips is also returning as director. The plot of the movie has been a closely guarded secret, but we do know that the four friends go to Bangkok where it is assumed that craziness ensues. I would suspect it is there that they meet up with Gibson’s tattoo artist. Oddly missing from the sequel is Heather Graham. At the end of The Hangover it looked like Ed Helm’s character Stu Price had decided that he wanted to try to have a real relationship with Graham’s stripper Jade.  There was much speculation that The Hangover 2 would revolve around his bachelor party as he now is about to marry Jade (again). Apparently not.

This is an interesting choice for Mel Gibson who has been more in the news for the drama of his personal life than his acting work. He has had some pretty well documented problems with alcohol that have brought about rumors of abuse and physical altercations with his ex-wife and now current ex and mother of his newest child Oksana Grigorieva.

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Mel’s booze issues first came to light when he was pulled over in Malibu for suspicion of DUI. He promptly went on a racist, sexist rant against the female officer (famously calling her “sugar tits,” a term I love and still use to this very day). Much of the rant was caught on tape. Not long after he left some pretty nasty, hate and racist remark filled messages for Oksana. Most of these audio tapes are all over the internet. His behavior has clearly affected his popularity. The last movie he starred in barely broke 40 million at the box office (his previous lead acted movie scored over 200 million) and the last movie he directed only made about 50 million.

Perhaps by joining the cast of The Hangover 2 Mel Gibson is embracing his new bad boy image and is planning on making fun of himself as a way to remake his persona. It could work and I have no doubt that he will be good in the role, but I think it is going to take a lot more than just a fun, funny cameo to heal his badly bleeding public image.



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