Count me in as a Zach Galifianakis fan. His work in The Hangover, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Vanity Fair’s sexy bathing suit layout is brilliant.
But it seems that he fought against casting Mel Gibson in a cameo on The Hangover Part II. Galifianakis refuses to accept some roles on moral grounds, he told Scott Aukerman, the host of the podcast Comedy Death-Ray, earlier this month:
“But a movie you’re acting in, you don’t have a lot of control—you just show up and vomit your lines out. I’m not the boss. 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.” He cut off Aukerman when he tried to say the name of the movie he was shooting at the time, which started with H. Galifianakis added: “It has something to do with a movie I’m working on, yeah. I’ll tell you about it later. It’s very frustrating.”
It looks like Galifianakis got his way. Moral grounds? Abhor Gibson as much as you want: he’s got it coming. But this reeks of blacklisting.
[Hat Tip: Vulture.]