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Todd Phillips Talks About Letting Mel Gibson Go From 'The Hangover Part II' (video)

The writer-director considers the whole experience "a bummer."

When he wasn't throwing punches at the WGA during the THR awards roundtable, writer-director Todd Phillips took a moment to explain the differences between casting Mike Tyson in The Hangover and Mel Gibson in the film's sequel.

Phillips was ultimately convinced by conflict within his tight-knit crew to call Gibson and rescind the offer. He admits the troubled star was "upset" by the decision even if he "understood," but Phillips describes the whole scenario as "a bummer."

You can check out the full round table video. And you can find the rest of the in-depth roundtable with Phillips, Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), John Wells (The Company Men), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) in the current print issue of THR.