Mel Gibson will make a cameo in "The Hangover 2" as a tattoo artist.
Gibson's role, first reported by the New York Post, was confirmed Tuesday by a person close to the production, who requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to comment publicly on the matter. The film, a sequel to the 2009 hit comedy "The Hangover," is beginning production, with a release scheduled for May 2011.
Warner Bros., which is distributing the film, declined to comment.
Gibson might be hoping some comedy improves his tarnished reputation: a memorable appearance in the first "Hangover" film helped rehabilitate Mike Tyson's image.
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Authorities are investigating claims by Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva that the 54-year-old actor-director physically abused her. Audio purportedly of Gibson making a series of racist and misogynistic rants was leaked earlier this year.
Before the audio leak, Gibson starred in the film "The Beaver." Though shooting was completed in 2009, no release date has been announced by distributor Summit Entertainment.
"The Hangover 2" follows the characters of the first film on a trip to Southeast Asia for a wedding. The first "Hangover" grossed $462 million worldwide at the box office.
Brody sues filmmakers
Adrien Brody has sued the makers of a thriller film for more than $2 million, claiming he hasn't been fully paid for the project and the movie is being released in the United States without his permission.
The Academy Award-winning actor sued the makers of "Giallo" in federal court in Los Angeles on Thursday, but an emergency petition to stop the film's DVD release was denied.
Sales of the thriller set in Turin, Italy, began on Tuesday. "Giallo" was shot in 2008.
The judge ruled Brody can still seek an injunction against the film's sale but must first notify the filmmakers.
Brody claims he is owed $640,000 for starring in the film and that its release is likely to cost him at least $2 million in damages.
In a lawsuit and a sworn declaration, the actor says the film's producers lied to him about financing and vastly overstated how much the film's Italian distribution rights were worth.
Brody, 37, won an Oscar in 2003 for his role in "The Pianist."
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