According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mel Gibson will appear in the sequel to the wildly successful comedy The Hangover. The Oscar-winning actor and director, who is currently best known for his racist and misogynist rants against his former girlfriend, will cameo as a tattoo artist in the film, which begins shooting shortly:
The sequel will feature the return of Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha who starred in the original as friends trying to piece together a rowdy Vegas bachelor party. This time the location for the partying mishap is set for Bangkok, Thailand.
A source familiar with the production told the Hollywood Reporter that the tattoo artist character is "pivotal" to the plot which features one of the characters going under the needle during a night of debauchery.
The original installment of The Hangover grossed over $450 million dollars worldwide in the summer of 2009, and won a Golden Globe award for Best Comedy. The film is also noted for launching a comeback for scorned boxer Mike Tyson, who's small (hilarious) role in the film preceded a slew of redemptive talk show appearances, a well-received documentary about his career, and a guest spot on Entourage.
It goes without saying that Gibson's cameo in The Hangover sequel could do similar things for his career, at a time when he is desperately in need of a distraction from his personal drama. While he deals with the domestic abuse allegations from his ex and the fall-out from the leaked tapes of his rants, his next film, The Beaver, sits in limbo.