Oh, they just need to plead “parody” and they’ll get away scott free.
Or will they? “The Hangover Part II” has certainly had its share of production troubles. It took forever to agree on terms in getting the original cast back together, and then there was all that hullabaloo over Mel Gibson’s would-be cameo.
And now, with only a few weeks until the film’s theatrical release, Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist (of all people) is now stirring up more trouble, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The tattoo that ends up on Ed Helms’ face in “The Hangover Part II” bears a strong resemblance to Tyson’s real-life face tattoo. in fact, it’s most certainly a direct reference to it, as Tyson himself appears in both “Hangover” movies.
But no matter what the circumstances are surrounding the artwork, it’s copyright infringement, according to S. Victor Whitmill, designer of what’s known as the “Original Tattoo” on Mike Tyson’s face.
This is kind of a big deal, as Whitmill is not only suing Warner Bros. for the copyright issues but is also requesting an injunction to stop the film’s theatrical release.
We’re sure this will get settled fairly quickly and Whitmill will either walk away with a nice payoff or be told to take a hike, but let’s just hope the movie itself has been worth all of the fuss.
“The Hangover Part II” hopefully opens on May 26.