Liam Neeson replaces Mel Gibson in 'Hangover 2'

liam-neeson-hangover2.jpg Mel Gibson is out, and Liam Neeson is in for "The Hangover 2."

Neeson will take the cameo role initially intended for Gibson in the film. The "Taken" and "Schindler's List" star will play a tattoo artist in Bangkok, where the sequel takes hapless heroes Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis.

"I just got a call to do a one-day shoot on 'Hangover 2' as a tattooist in Thailand, and that's about all I know about it," Neeson tells Variety. "I just laughed my leg off when I saw 'The Hangover.'"

Director Todd Phillips had originally cast Gibson in the role, but after Galifianakis and members of the crew protested Gibson's involvement, he let Gibson go. (Cooper, who starred with Neeson in "The A-Team," asked Neeson to come aboard.)