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It's the cameo that just won't cooperate - much internet ado was made when it was first revealed that "Mad Mel" Gibson was to have a brief cameo in Todd Phillips' 'The Hangover, Part II' as a gruff Thailand tattoo artist. So much so that the cast of the film actually refused to work until Gibson was removed from the picture. The producers agreed and Mel was replaced with veteran actor Liam Neeson as the swarthy and intimidating tattooist. However, it seems that the role has once again been re-cast and re-shot, leaving Neeson's work entirely on the cutting room floor.
It wasn't out of malice or spite, however - Neeson's scene was just a "victim of coicumstance" as it were. During the editing process, Phillips ended up cutting the scene directly after Neeson's cameo. As the sequel is much like the first film (with the main characters going back over the night's events like a drunken mystery), cutting the adjacent scene left a hole in the story and eliminated crucial information that "The Wolf Pack" needed to logically get from where they were to the next scene. Philips decided to reshoot the cameo scene to include new dialog to fill in the blanks, but Neeson was sadly unavailable as he is currently shooting the sequel to 'Clash of the Titans' in London.
Faced with a looming deadline and unable to wait for Neeson to become available, Philips decided to re-shoot the scene using actor/director Nick Cassavetes in the role of the tattoo artist, and "crushed it" according to the filmmaker. 'The Hangover, Part II' arrives in theaters on May 26th.