According to a statement from Warner Bros. (via Deadline), Mel Gibson will not have a cameo role as a Bangkok tattoo artist in 'The Hangover 2'. Director Todd Phillips issued this response: "I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew."
Word has it some of the cast were not happy with Gibson being in the film, with many people speculating that it was Zach Galifianakis who was spearheading the campaign against Gibson, saying recently that he was "in deep protest" regarding a movie he was working on. Naturally folks took that to mean he was protesting the Mel Gibson cameo.
It is interesting, as Deadline points out, that they had no problem with Mike Tyson making a cameo in the first film, despite the fact that he's been physical with women and, well, what hasn't Tyson done over the course of the past 20 years? Obviously Gibson is rubbing many in Hollywood the wrong way (which is why he lost representation with his agency), and we're beginning to see that spill over into his potential film roles. Question is whether this will be an isolated incident, or if more actors and actresses in Hollywood will protest against working with Gibson in the future.