Despite approval from the studio, plans to feature the actor in the sequel to the comedy hit have been scuttled, director Todd Phillips says.
"I thought Mel would have been great in the movie," Phillips said Thursday. "But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew."
Phillips didn't say who objected to including Gibson, who has weathered a storm of bad publicity over his personal life. The sequel will reunite stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms.