By Jeff Labrecque
October 22, 2010 at 06:36 PM EDT

Liam Neeson is in final talks to replace Mel Gibson as a Thai tattooist in The Hangover 2, sources close to the film tell EW. Variety had initially reported the casting, saying that the Irish actor flew to the film’s set on Thursday for a one-day shoot. Director Todd Phillips had hoped the controversial Gibson would play the role, but in a statement released yesterday, the director stated that not everyone in the cast and crew supported that decision. Neeson has some connection with the cast of The Hangover, as he and Bradley Cooper costarred in last summer’s The A-Team.

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