He replaced Mel Gibson in "The Hangover Part II," and now Liam Neeson has been ousted from the upcoming comedy.
Variety reports that Neeson's cameo as a Bangkok tattoo artist has been cut, and actor/director Nick Cassavetes has taken over the role.
Call it a case of bad timing. According to director Todd Phillips, the scene immediately following Neeson's cameo was snipped from the film, which meant that Neeson's scene had to be re-shot to help fill in the gaps and move the story forward. Unfortunately, Neeson was no longer available because he was in London shooting the sequel to "Clash of the Titans."
"We were in a complete time crunch so I called up Nick and asked if he would do the part," Phillips tells 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."
The role was to be filled by Mel Gibson, but he was dropped from the film because the cast and crew did not support his hiring.
"The Hangover Part II" arrives in theaters May 26.