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Monday October 25, 2010 9:37 am

Liam Neeson Takes Over Mel Gibson’s Hangover 2 Cameo

Liam Neeson has been selected to take over the tattoo artist role in Hangover 2, a cameo originally given to Mel Gibson. When some members of the cast and crew protested to Gibon’s participation in the film, a rep for both actors quickly swapped the one for the other.

The rep joked that Neeson would join the film “pending clearance of cast and crew background check.” Apparently, the Irish actor passed the test because TMZ is reporting that Neeson arrived in L.A. Saturday to begin working on the film.

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Page Six reports that Gibson is “furious” with the decision to replace him. Many have compared Gibson’s troubles to the likes of Mike Tyson, who enjoyed a banner cameo in the first Hangover flick.

Deadline was quick to point out that Tyson is a convicted rapist when reporting on the events, and it’s no secret that the former boxer’s personal life has been the stuff of media legend … but then Tyson has never been known to make any (alleged or otherwise) anti-Semitic comments.

Rumor says that Zach Galifianakis, who plays the first movie’s breakout character Alan, was among those who complained about Gibson’s casting.

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