Liam Neeson: Mel Gibson’s ‘Cool’ with Me Taking Hangover 2 Role

Liam Neeson and Mel Gibson

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updated 11/11/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 11/11/2010 AT 9:45 AM ET

It’s not going to be the clash of the Hollywood titans some may have expected.

According to Liam Neeson, Mel Gibson doesn’t harbor any hard feelings about being replaced by Neeson in a Hangover 2 cameo.

When he was offered a shot at the role, which was first reported to be that of a Bangkok tattoo artist, Neeson says he “didn’t realize” it had originally gone to Gibson but eventually had a “very pleasant” conversation with his fellow actor about it.

“I spoke to Mel,” he told Access Hollywood Tuesday at the premiere for his new film The Next Three Days. “Mel’s cool about it. We’re all cool.”

Neeson also pointed out he has a history with Gibson, with whom he worked on the 1984 film The Bounty.

“Mel and I did a movie together about 20 or 25 years ago,” Neeson, 58, said. “It was a long time ago. So, we know each other.”

Neeson revealed his part is being filmed at a movie studio in Los Angeles and shot down rumors he’ll play a tattoo artist – but would not reveal what his role will actually be.


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