Did Zach Galifianakis get Mel Gibson kicked off The Hangover 2?

Oct 22, 2010 at 10:15 a.m. ET

Mel Gibson's cameo in The Hangover 2 was nixed by the execs behind the upcoming comedy flick. Did Zach Galifianakis help influence their decision?

Zach Galifianakis

Now we'll never get to see Mel Gibson as a tattoo artist.

The much-anticipated Mel Gibson cameo in the upcoming The Hangover 2 was cancelled Thursday, movie director Todd Phillips said.

"I thought Mel would have been great in the movie," Phillips told People Magazine. "But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew."

Galifianakis led the wolf pack

Zach Galifianakis was the biggest opponent to Gibson's cameo, according to reports.

The Hangover scene-stealer loudly voiced his concerns after the casting was announced. He alluded to a disagreement during an interview on the Comedy Death Ray podcast.

"A movie you're acting in...you don't have a lot of control -- you just show up and vomit your lines out. I mean, I'm not the boss," Galifianakis told interviewer Scott Auckerman. "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...I'm not making any leeway."

Moral grounds

Apparently Galifianakis is more conservative than we thought. Despite his crude comedic choices, the funnyman is apparently conservative in his acting choices and has turned down several roles on moral grounds.

Gibson's well-documented phone attacks against former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva -- and his racist rants -- were likely the cause of Galifianakis' opposition.

It's likely that movie execs finally agreed to pull the cameo rather than upset their movie's breakout star.

It won't ruin the movie -- The Hangover was a smash and with the majority of the cast returning, The Hangover 2 sure to be another box office blockbuster.

Are you happy that Mel Gibson won't be in The Hangover 2?

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