Mel Gibson was not "fired" from The Hangover 2, director Todd Phillips has insisted.
The Due Date director wants to set the record straight on why Mel, who was going to cameo as an ageing tattoo artist, was replaced by Liam Neeson in the film.
He told People that Mel was just going to do him a favour but it didn't work out, saying: "No one was ever fired. It's a term that is so obscene to me.
"Someone was doing me a favour to come in for a two-minute cameo, and we changed it. It wasn't like we fired somebody. He was just doing a favour from the beginning."
The directed admitted earlier this week that "a lot of people" didn't like the idea of troubled star Mel being involved with the production.