By Kate Ward
Updated October 21, 2010 at 10:45 PM EDT

Hangover 2 helmer Todd Phillips has released a statement via Warner Bros., and Legendary Pictures that says Mel Gibson will not be appearing in the sequel to the 2009 hit comedy after all. “I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team,” Phillips says in the statement. “But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision did not ultimately have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”

Just last week, sources confirmed with EW that the controversial Gibson would appear in the film as “an outlandish character, à la Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.” Gibson’s rep is not commenting on the actor being dropped from the film.

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