Nick Cassavetes replaces the star because the scene needed to be re-shot and Neeson wasn't available, says the director

By Alison Schwartz
April 10, 2011 02:10 PM
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The replacement has been replaced.

Liam Neeson, who stepped in to film a cameo in The Hangover 2 for a role first given to – and then taken away from – Mel Gibson, has now been replaced due to scheduling conflicts.

The scene filmed by Neeson, 58, was cut out of the movie and is now being re-shot with actor/director Nick Cassavetes playing the role – but it’s not personal, director Todd Phillips tells Variety.

Phillips says that he cut the scene immediately following Neeson’s cameo while editing The Hangover 2, creating a gap in the sequence of events. Phillips decided to re-shoot the scene – but Neeson was already busy in London shooting the follow-up to Clash of the Titans.

“We were in a complete time crunch, so I called Nick [Cassavetes] and asked if he would do the part,” Phillips says. “He came in and crushed it, and that is the scene that you will ultimately see in the film.”

With Cassavetes, 51, now teaming up onscreen with the Wolf Pack (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms) in the role of a Bangkok tattoo artist in the Thailand-set sequel, which arrives in theaters May 26, Phillips says he’s excited for fans to see the film.

“It turned out great,” he says.