By Mirembe Martina
Like every movie, there are people who are considered for movie roles. Whether they get the roles or not, it depends on how it all turned out and ‘The Hangover’ was no different.
The 2009 movie which saw the wolf pack made up of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis sold approximately $270,000,000 worldwide. However, there were certain names which they wished to include in the cast but did not make the cut.
Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson, were considered for the roles but did not make the cut. Lohan was being considered for the role of Jade, the prostitute/stripper/single mom and Stu’s impromptu bride. It was later played by Heather Graham. “I did meet with Lindsay Lohan a little bit [before casting Graham], and we talked,” director Todd Phillips said. “Honestly, it felt like she ended up being too young for what we were talking about. People love to attack her for everything, like: ‘Ha, she didn’t see how great ‘The Hangover’ was going to be. She turned it down.’ She didn’t turn it down. She loved the script, actually. It really was an age thing.”
The Bangkok tattoo artist in “The Hangover Part II,” was almost portrayed by both Gibson and Liam Neeson. “I’m a huge fan of Mel Gibson as a filmmaker and as an actor, and he was going through a weird thing at that time, and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we had him come in and do this role?’” Phillips said. “So I went over to his office and met with him. In fairness, I hadn’t consulted with the crew and the cast, which is a family. I hadn’t even cleared it with Warner Bros. I was just like, ‘I’m just going to show up, and we’re going to do this thing, and it’ll be great.’ Not everybody felt the same way about him.”
Liam Neeson took on the role but wound up being cut, too. “We had to reshoot [Liam's] scene, but he was already in London shooting ["Wrath of the Titans"]. So I got Nick Cassavetes to do it,” Phillips recalled.
At the time, The Hangover part III is in the making.