Mel Gibson Won’t Get a “Hangover”

Mel Gibson Won’t Get a “Hangover” (photo)

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Easy come, easy go. As first reported Monday by The New York Post, Mel Gibson had lined up a juicy cameo in the upcoming sequel to the surprise hit “The Hangover,” playing the role of “Celebrity Whose Image Has Gotten So Tarnished, He’ll Do Anything Todd Phillips Asks To Fix It” (The Post story says he was supposed to play “a tattoo artist;” six of one, half a dozen of the other).

But Gibson’s career rehab didn’t last long (Please refrain from adding your own jokes about any other kinds of rehab. Thank you.). Yesterday, news arrived that just as quickly as he’d gotten the gig, he’d lost it. But rather than simply saying that Gibson had scheduling difficulties or creative differences, or any of the other bullshit excuses Hollywood press releases use to hide the truth, “Hangover 2” director Todd Phillips publically accused his crew of mutiny. At least that’s my interpretation of his statement, reprinted in Anne Thompson’s piece on the story over at indieWIRE:

“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”

Next came word that when Phillips said “my entire cast and crew,” he might have meant “Zach Galifianakis.” Vulture noted that on a recent episode of the Comedy Death-Ray podcast, Galifianakis discussed his frustration with a project he was currently shooting whose title began with the letter ‘H.’ “I’m in a deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something,” Galifianakis said. “But I can’t get the guys to [listen] … I’m not making any leeway.”

If true, we’ve reached a point that would have seemed completely insane even eighteen months ago. Zach Galifianakis, a guy who a few years ago couldn’t hang onto a talk show on VH1, has grown more powerful — much more powerful — than Mel Gibson. And he’s not even Jewish!

There’s one more side of this story and it gets back to Gibson and he should be allowed to get on with his comeback or not. In her article on the “Hangover” casting kerfuffle, Thompson says:

I was right when I said Gibson was a Hollywood pariah. I get why people despise the guy: he’s anti-semitic, alcoholic, abusive and has lousy taste in girlfriends. But I hate the idea of blacklisting. The man should be able to work. Shun him on the set, don’t talk to him–you don’t have to be friends with him–but don’t prevent him from working because you despise his bigotry and brutish behavior.

I admire Thompson’s ability to let bygones be bygones, and she’s right that the idea of blacklisting anyone can leave a bad taste in your mouth. But this isn’t a matter of not hiring someone over his politics (unless you think calling women “gold digging whores” is a political point), it’s about not hiring someone over his hate. I suppose this brings us to the issue of whether you can hate an artist and love his work. If I liked a Roman Polanski movie, does that mean I’m endorsing his behavior? When, as in the case of Gibson, that behavior crops up over and over, that gets really hard.

But forget about the moral issues for a second and look at it this way: if a guy was alcoholic, verbally abusive, hateful towards women, he wouldn’t be able to hold down a job at Wendy’s without getting some serious mental and emotional help. So why is outrageous someone with all of those problems can’t get work in multimillion dollar Hollywood productions?

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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