According to a new interview in Variety, HANGOVER II director Todd Phillips says that Liam Neeson’s much anticipated cameo in the movie has been completely cut.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Neeson had filmed scenes as a tattoo artist for the Bangkok-based sequel (hence Stu’s Mike Tyson-ish face tattoo). Reshoots needed to be done because Phillips cut the scene directly after the tattoo parlor and the film no longer had continuity without an explination.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Sadly, Neeson’s scheduling conflicts kept him from coming back, and Nick Cassavetes, director of THE NOTEBOOK and ALPHA DOG stepped into the role.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Phillips says:
“We were in a complete time crunch so I called up Nick and asked if he would do the part…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.”
Cassavetes is the third man cast for the small cameo.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â If you remember, the part originally belonged to Mel Gibson, but protests from certain members of the cast and crew led to the initial recasting.
I really kind of hope this (and Clinton not filming) are both jokes to keep people completely surprised when the movie actually opens, but sadly, I doubt that…
HANGOVER II comes to your theater May 16.