“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of [WB president] Jeff Robinov and his team,” Phillips said. “But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”
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One prominent actor in the film, Galifianakis, was likely among those in the anti-Mel camp, according to The Wrap.
The “Bored to Death” star had said in a Comedy Death-Ray podcast that he was “in a deep protest … up in arms about something” that involved a movie he was working on.
Galifianakis was mum with details, but did not dispute podcast host Scott Aukerman’s not-so-subtle reference that he believed the actor was referring to “The Hangover.”
That Gibson was selected for the “Hangover” role signaled a rare show of support in Hollywood, where Gibson counts actresses Jodie Foster and Whoopi Goldberg on a small list of those willing to defend the Oscar-winner in public.
"When you love a friend, you don't abandon them when they're struggling,” said Foster recently, who co-stars with Gibson in the upcoming film “The Beaver.”
Over the summer, Gibson lost his longtime talent representation following a slew of leaked recordings online that appeared to show him berating his ex-gal pal, Oksana Grigorieva, with racist and sexist language.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s department went on to probe Grigorieva’s claim that Gibson hit her in a Jan. 6 incident, and turned over the result of the domestic violence investigation to the LA District Attorney’s office.
The Sheriff Department’s separate investigation into whether Grigorieva tried to blackmail Gibson is ongoing.