Movies April 10, 2011
Liam Neeson Replaced in 'Hangover Part II'
Director Todd Phillips is having a heck of a time finding the right person for a small cameo in his "Hangover" sequel.
Actor Liam Neeson was cast as a tattoo artist, who encounters the film's comic trio -- Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms -- while they are in Bangkok, but is now being replaced by Nick Cassavetes after scheduling conflicts prevented Neeson from doing reshoots.
Neeson originally replaced Mel Gibson when the cast and crew objected to working with the controversial actor.
Variety reports that Neeson wasn't able to do reshoots for "Hangover Part II" because he is currently filming "Clash of the Titans 2."
"We were in a complete time crunch so I called up Nick and asked if he would do the part," Phillips explained to Variety. "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 perhaps best known for his directing work, including "The Notebook" and "Alpha Dog." He'll also appear in the upcoming film adaptation of "Atlas Shrugged."
"The Hangover Part II" stumbles into theaters Memorial Day weekend.