Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson Turned Down for ‘The Hangover’
Lindsay Lohan was considered for 'The Hangover' before Heather Graham got the part (Photo: Warner Bros/Inset: Getty)
Two huge -- and infamously troubled -- celebrities, Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson, were both considered for "Hangover" roles but wound up not making the cut.
Jade, the prostitute/stripper/single mom and Stu's impromptu bride, was played by Heather Graham in a sort of meta-nod to her Rollergirl character in "Boogie Nights" (indeed, Jade could be seen as a middle-aged version of the former porn star). But before Graham was cast, director Todd Phillips met with "Mean Girls" star Lohan, who was ultimately deemed too young for the part.
"I did meet with Lindsay Lohan a little bit [before casting Graham], and we talked," Phillips told The Hollywood Reporter. "Honestly, it felt like she ended up being too young for what we were talking about. People love to attack her for everything, like: 'Ha, she didn't see how great 'The Hangover' was going to be. She turned it down.' She didn't turn it down. She loved the script, actually. It really was an age thing."
Mel Gibson and Jonah Hill were both considered for 'The Hangover' series (Photo: Getty)
"I'm a huge fan of Mel Gibson as a filmmaker and as an actor, and he was going through a weird thing at that time, and I thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool if we had him come in and do this role?'" Phillips said. "So I went over to his office and met with him. In fairness, I hadn't consulted with the crew and the cast, which is a family. I hadn't even cleared it with Warner Bros. I was just like, 'I'm just going to show up, and we're going to do this thing, and it'll be great.' Not everybody felt the same way about him."