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Mel Gibson finally has a 'Hangover' that helps his career

Mel_bigson I gotta think that right about now Brett Favre is saying, "Geez, some guys have all the luck." When you've suffered a few embarrassing setbacks, as Mel Gibson has lately (you know, with all the tapes going around of his violent, racist rants against his ex-girlfriend), nothing helps rehabilitate a career like getting hired to play a clever cameo where you can make fun of yourself a little.

As my colleagues John Horn and Steven Zeitchek reported earlier, Gibson will play the small part of an American expatriate in Thailand in Todd Phillips' upcoming "Hangover 2," which heads off to shoot in Southeast Asia in a few weeks. It's a great gig for Gibson, in pretty much the same way it was a great gig for Tom Cruise to get to play a nutty studio executive in "Tropic Thunder" a couple of summers ago, just when his career was in dire need of a little comic rejuvenation. As the prankster who poses as Gibson on the Twitter feed Real_MelGibson put it: "Rumors are true: I have a cameo in The Hangover 2. Well, I was drunk in Thailand and ran into a film crew. I think it was the Hangover guys."

If I were Gibson, I wouldn't even take any money for the gig. Gibson should be cutting Phillips a nice check for helping him out, since laughing at yourself is the surest way in Hollywood to help revive your sagging fortunes. Imagine how jealous Vikings quarterback Favre must be: He's clearly in need of a funny cameo spot after getting into hot water with the NFL for allegedly sending naked pictures of himself to a woman who worked for the New York Jets when he was quarterbacking for the team. 

If Phillips (who gave troubled boxer Mike Tyson a similar part in the original "Hangover") wanted to get a few extra laughs, maybe he could have have Gibson hanging out with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who just served a four-game suspension in the wake of sexual assault allegations. Roethlisberger could give Phillips passing lessons while Gibson could share directing tips. But even if Gibson has to go it alone, this should be good for his career, which at this point, has nowhere to go but up.

Photo: Mel Gibson in the suspense thriller "Edge of Darkness." 

Credit: Warner Bros.

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He's so over. He's just gone too far, and now his lawyers are going too far. The whole thing is just icky and I don't want to pay to see his ickiness on screen.

I agree Patricia. I'll probably stay away from HANGOVER 2 just to avoid seeing him, or at the very least, I won't see it in the theater and just watch it for free form the library, just so I won't contribute any money to him whatsoever. I grew up watching the LETHAL WEAPON movies and whenever they pop up on cable now, I feel disgusted, I can't watch Mel anymore.

I'll go see the movie. I don't think it was that great a movie to begin with. But I'll be glad to see Mel in it just to spite all the haters and that chipmunck face one!

Really Patrick Goldstein? I sure hope you're being sarcastic.

"...maybe he could have have Gibson hanging out with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who just served a four-game suspension in the wake of sexual assault allegations."

Sexual assault equals NOT FUNNY. Not even a little bit.

Mel Gibson is a good actor and director. When the cameras are off, however, he's an anti-Semetic, racist, homophobic sexist! He can try all he wants to to take another bite at the "please save my career from the toilet" apple. If those tapes start circulating in the media again, I can bet it's not gonna happen. At least, it really SHOULDN'T happen.

Well, this little announcement just guaranteed I won't be paying to see this movie. Thanks for the heads up!

Actor Mel Gibson has joined the ranks of famous actors who instead of starring in big leading roles, are agreeing to appear in smaller cameo spots in movies. These cameo performances provide actors who may be surrounded by their own media hype and controversies a break, an opportunity to relax, and perhaps time to heal from a life that's been diminished by their own fame or unsettling setbacks. Famous actors deserve to have some fun too, in other words, some leisure time to rejuvenate themselves and their careers on-screen and make the best of an experience like that; in Mel Gibson's case, making a cameo appearance in "Hangover 2," offers just this brand of comfort. After all, there is no place better for Hollywood actors to feel good about themselves than in the movies.

Brendan Ryan

The Brendan Ryan Company
Houston, Texas


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