It is still unclear how the lawsuit regarding the use of Mike Tyson‘s facial tattoo in The Hangover II will be resolved. However, Hollywood reporters claim that Ed Helm‘s facial tattoo in the movie could be completely removed – digitally – before the movie comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD.
Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist, S Victor Whitmill, is suing Warner Brothers for the copyright of the design copied from Mike Tyson’s face tattoo. The tattoo artist owns the rights to the design of the tattoo which has clearly been copied for the movie. Warner Brothers had no idea that the design was under copyright and did not contact the tattoo artist prior to filming the movie in order to settle the matter. It’s only once the movie had been completed that the tattoo artist took the producers to courts, turning the Hangover II into a very expensive movie.
Nothing much could be done before the movie was released but Warner Brothers is considering modifying the movie before it is released on Blu-Ray and DVD in December in order to modify completely the design of the tattoo on Ed Helm’s face. Dr Stu (Ed Helm) wakes up with the face tattoo after a wild night out in Bangkok. The whole movie could be digitally altered in order to avoid further payments to the tattoo artist. It would certainly end up being the most expensive tattoo removal session of all times. If the lawsuit isn’t settled, the studio will have no other choice than to digitally remove Ed Helm‘s Tyson tattoo from the movie and from the packaging.