Warner Bros. plans to alter Mike Tyson-style tattoo on 'Hangover 2' DVDs
Warner Bros. has agreed to address a tattoo artist's lawsuit against the studio over stealing Mike Tyson's face tattoo by agreeing to change the ink on Ed Helms' face in The Hangover Part II, but only after the movie goes to DVD. This has got to be the worst idea The Juice* has heard this week.
"If the parties are unable to resolve their dispute, Warner Bros. does not intend to make any use of the allegedly infringing tattoo after the film ends its run in the theaters because Warner Bros. will digitally alter the film to substitute a different tattoo on Ed Helms's face," the studio said in court papers filed Monday in reaction to tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill's lawsuit, according to Entertainment Weekly. "As a result, there is no reason for the highly accelerated trial Plaintiff has asked this Court to hold on Plaintiff's request for a permanent injunction."
Whitmill had wanted to block the movie's release, but obviously wasn't successful there. There will be a mediation session next Thursday, and a court date is scheduled for Feb. 21. Seriously, this is the solution? The fact that it's Tyson's tat is part of the whole joke, beside the fact the CGI will likely look terrible. Why not just give Whitmill a credit and some money? After a $100 million opening weekend, the studio can afford it.