Fact check: Mel Gibson’s Hangover firing result of “peer pressure”?

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10.22.10 10 Comments

Before I report this, be advised that it’s highly possible that this is just TMZ trying to milk a big story and not really news. It’s hard to tell if “unnamed source” is code for “a person who would know” or just “some stuff we read on teh internetz.”

Multiple sources connected with the production tell TMZ … director Todd Phillips cast Mel in the role of a tattoo artist a month ago and that the entire cast and crew knew about it and were simpatico.
The problem came three days ago, when the story leaked.  Our sources say the friends of some of the cast and crew started putting pressure on them to lodge sudden, last-minute displeasure with Phillips’ choice.
Our sources say some of the production people became belatedly upset because they were getting so much crap from friends, so they began objecting. One of the loudest, we’re told, was Zach Galifianakis.
There were other people in the cast and crew who were also making noise about walking off the set if Mel showed up.  Our sources say Bradley Cooper was not among the group who complained. [TMZ]

As a quick fact check, the Mel Gibson cameo news broke around October 17th – 18th.  The news that Galifianakis was in “deep protest” over it hit the 19th.  HOWEVER, that protest story was based on something Galifianakis said on a Comedy Death Ray Podcast, which was recorded on the 13th or earlier.  Not mentioning Gibson by name, that was when Galifianakis said:

“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.”

Since Galifianakis brought it up before the news broke, to say it was only after that the cast started complaining would seem to be false. And again, maybe the complaint was more that the bit wasn’t funny than because they were worried about offending Vegas sluts and packs of N-words.  We don’t know. It’s possible Brad Cooper was the only non-hypocrite. His deep blue eyes and masculine figure make me want to believe that.  However, it will be a cold day in hell before I ever trust a guy named “Brad.”  See this? Logic. I could be a TV judge.  (*waits for fist bump from sassy black bailiff*)

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