October 19, 2010 / 3:33 AM / 8 years ago

Mel Gibson to play tattoo artist in "Hangover 2"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Embattled actor Mel Gibson will make a cameo appearance as a tattoo artist in the upcoming “Hangover” sequel.

Actor Mel Gibson poses during a photocall for the film "Edge of Darkness" by director Martin Campbell in Paris February 4, 2010. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

A source familiar with the production told the Hollywood Reporter that the role is “pivotal” to the plot, which features one of the characters going under the needle during a night of debauchery.

“The Hangover 2” reunites Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha who starred in the hit 2009 original as friends trying to piece together a rowdy Vegas bachelor party. This time the location for their latest mishap is set for Bangkok. Todd Phillips will again direct.

The New York Post, which first reported the casting, said Gibson would shoot his scene shortly on the Warner Bros. lot.

Gibson’s representative declined to comment.

The actor’s next movie, the Jodie Foster-directed comedy “Beaver,” has seen its release date postponed by Summit Entertainment in the wake of his bitter split with his ex-girlfriend.

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