When Mel Gibson got axed from Hangover Part II, many speculated one of the film’s stars, Zach Galifianakis, was to blame.
The rumor started after Galifianakis appeared on a podcast last month.
“I’m in a deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something. But I can’t get the guys to [listen] … I’m not making any leeway.” When asked if the movie in reference was the Hangover sequel, the comedian replied, “I’ll tell you about it later. It’s very frustrating.”
That interview fueled rumors that Galifianakis didn’t want to work with Gibson. On Monday, the Due Date star was confronted on NBC’s Today show about his alleged role in Gibson’s dismissal from the film.
“I do not consult on the movies that I’m in,” he said. “I just show up and I say my lines, usually terribly, and I do consult on dialogue. But as far as hiring and firing of actors, I have no insight into that world whatsoever.”
Liam Neeson will replace Gibson in the film as a tattoo artist working in Bangkok.