An insider confirmed his anger to EW.com stating that:
“He doesn’t understand why Mike Tyson, a drug user who turned his life around, was given a chance while Mel was kicked to the curb. Everybody deserves a second chance.”
Mel’s public persona has been destroyed over the last few months after Oksana Grigorieva publically aired tapes in which Mel threatened her and acted for all intensive purposes like a complete psychopath.
Neeson’s own rep (the same rep for Mel Gibson) was furious as well but then poked fun at the situation, stating that Neeson would be filming his Hangover 2 scene “pending clearance of cast and crew background check.”
With Mel and Oksana battling it out in court, his insiders “second chance” statement was probably a little bit premature.