By Tony Mangia
IRON MIKE SAYS HE'S FINE WITH MEL GIBSON
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will fly to Thailand next month to film "The Hangover 2." The sequel to last year's monster hit comedy has been making headlines for recently firing Oscar-winning movie star Mel Gibson. Cast members of TH2 refused to work with the troubled Gibson because of his well-publicized drunken and bigoted outbursts and a custody and cash battle with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Tyson, a convicted rapist and admitted wife-beater, did a deadpan portrayal of himself in the first movie and is being readily accepted by his cast mates.
In deference to his cast mates, Tyson said he 'd "One hundred percent" work with Gibson. "I'm not ever in my life point my finger at anyone," Tyson said, "I don't live in a glass house. None of us do. I work with anybody, as long as they're respectful," the ear-biting ex-fighter added.
While Tyson passed the morals board at TH2, Gibson was released from his role as a tattoo artist. Gibson was locked into the role until stars Zack Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Justin Bartha complained about Gibson's past incidents and alleged assault and threats to his ex. Phillips finally relented and fired the "Lethal Weapon" franchise. Liam Neeson has reportedly replaced the ousted Gibson.
The Thailand backdrop with it's sex-slaves, AIDS epidemic and 12 year-old prostitutes should be a comedy goldmine for the remaining TH2 cast.
Tyson wants no part of the controversy. "We all have that guy--a Mel Gibson--in us," he explained, "We just don't want people exposed to it. Maybe he needs to get help. I am not against him, but I'm not for him."
After he finishes filming in Thailand, Tyson will head perform the duties as the Chinese "Boxing Ambassador to the World" in December. "I didn't even know what an ambassador was," confessed the Mao-tattooed Tyson, "When I think of ambassador, I think of living off the government and jet-setting with girlfriends." Sounds like a good premise for "The Hangover 3."