Liam Neeson’s "Hangover" Appearance Is Canned

By David Chiu
|  Saturday, Apr 9, 2011  |  Updated 6:43 AM EDT
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Liam Neeson has begun to date again, less than two years after the death of wife Natasha Richardson, People mag reported. The “Schindler’s List” star was photographed holding hands with U.K.-based PR exec Freya St. Johnston. Sources in Neeson’s camp downplayed the seriousness of the relationship, though the pair already has the support of Johnston’s ex-hubby.

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A cameo by a famous actor in the upcoming sequel to “The Hangover” is now kaput.

The scene that features Liam Neeson as a Bangkok tattoo artist has now been excised from the movie, Variety reported.

Director Todd Phillips told the entertainment industry publication that the movie "follows a similar structure to the first 'Hangover,' in that it is a mystery/investigation comedy" and has interconnected scenes. A scene was cut after Neeson’s cameo, which would have affected the flow of the film.

Phillips chose to later recut the scene, but Neeson was unavailable as he was filming the sequel to “Clash of theTitans.” Thus, Phillips asked Nick Cassavetes to play the role of the tattoo artist.

"We were in a complete time crunch so I called up Nick and asked if he would do the part," said Phillips. "He came in and crushed it and that is the scene that you will ultimately see in the film. [I'm excited for everyone] to see the film. It turned out great."

Originally Mel Gibson was slated to have the cameo last year, but that plan was canceled. "I thought Mel would have been great in the movie," said Phillips at the time, as quoted by People. "But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew."

Selected Reading: Variety, E! News, People
 

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