Clinton will appear in the sequel to 2009’s The Hangover, adding yet another guy to Alan’s wolfpack.
People reports that former president Bill Clinton was abroad this weekend “to deliver a speech on clean energy,” but he served an even greater purpose by lending his presence to the film The Hangover 2. The sequel to 2009’s The Hangover is currently filming in Thailand, and the former president just happened to be passing through Thailand on Saturday. This handy overlap provided Hillary’s husband the opportunity to portray himself in the film without straying too far from his diplomatic day job.
Clinton’s cameo is the most recent casting development for a film that’s already experienced some very public casting woes. Mel Gibson was originally cast, but was then uninvited at the behest of the film’s cast and crew, who were apparently upset with the actor’s personal statements. Liam Neeson will be stepping in to play the as-yet unspecified role intended for Gibson. Save for Clinton, Paul Giamatti (Sideways, American Splendor) is the newest addition to the cast of The Hangover 2; there is no word yet on the role he is to play.
Boxer Mike Tyson famously, and a bit awkwardly, portrayed himself in the first Hangover film. As he is a practiced public speaker, I would assume that the 42nd President of the United States will have a more natural on-screen presence than Tyson. I can’t imagine that Clinton will favor us with any Phil Collins tunes, though, so it’s a bit of a toss-up.