‘Hang­over’ hit by hang-ups

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Reel News -

The folk be­hind the up­com­ing The Hang­over Part II are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing all kinds of con­fu­sion. The first sur­prise is that Liam Nee­son, tak­ing a cameo as a tat­too artist, was cut from the film and re­placed by di­rec­tor Nick Cas­savetes.

The stu­dio was ea­ger to as­sure us that no fault lay with the Bal­ly­mena man (I should think not, peo­ple). It seems that the scene fol­low­ing Nee­son’s turn has been cut and, thus, the tat­too se­quence no longer made any sense. Un­for­tu­nately, Nee­son – cur­rently the hard­est-work­ing bloke in show busi­ness – had moved on to an­other pro­duc­tion and was, thus, un­able to reshoot his big scene.

“We were in a com­plete time crunch so I called up Nick and asked if he would do the part,” di­rec­tor Todd Phillips ex­plained.

Now it emerges that the pro­duc­ers have got in a tus­sle over a se­quence in­volv­ing mon­key erot­ica in an early trailer. Fol­low­ing com­plaints, the of­fend­ing shot, dur­ing which the mon­key does some­thing dis­gust­ing to a bot­tle top, has been with­drawn and all copies have been de­stroyed. I don’t imag­ine Warn­ers Bros will ob­ject too much to the un­ex­pected pub­lic­ity.

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