'The Hangover Part II' May Digitally Alter Ed Helms' Facial Tattoo

If Warner Bros. can't settle the Mike Tyson tattoo artist's lawsuit, they will alter the DVD release.

Warner Bros. may change the facial tattoo in The Hangover Part II
Warner Bros. may change the facial tattoo in The Hangover Part II
Back in April, we reported that Mike Tyson's tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill sued Warner Bros. for unlawful use of his tattoo design in The Hangover Part II. While he was trying to stop the movie from being released, a judge dropped the injunction, allowing for the sequel to debut as scheduled, while still keeping the case open.

The case has taken a new turn, with the studio saying they will digitally alter the tattoo before the DVD release in December, if things aren't settled by then.

Today, U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry set a trial date for February 21, 2012, although it is unlikely this case will go to trial. S. Victor Whitmill's lawyers argued for a trial date in August, although Warner Bros. countered, saying they will replace Whitmill's design with another tattoo after The Hangover Part II's theatrical run. Here's an excerpt from one of the court documents submitted today.

"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 theaters because Warner Bros. will digitally alter the film to substitute a different tattoo on Ed Helms' face. The home video release is currently scheduled for early December 2011, which would allow Warner Bros. sufficient time to make the change if it becomes necessary."

Judge Catherine Perry has scheduled a private mediation session for June 16, for both sides to work out their issues, which could lead to a settlement agreement. As of today, The Hangover Part II has taken in nearly $350 million worldwide, after just two and a half weeks in theaters.

The Hangover Part II was released May 26th, 2011 and stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Jamie Chung, Paul Giamatti, Nick Cassavetes. The film is directed by Todd Phillips.


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  1. bipolarmassive

    Just give this whiny lil bitch ass tattoo artist some money so that he'll shut the f*ck up already! That being said....

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    3 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  2. skywise

    This is rediculous. I cant beleive this is even a story...the artists should be proud to have his work displayed across the world in such a syccessful movie. That is free advertising.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. Salem6777

    WTF!?

    3 years agoby @Salem6777Flag

  4. SpaceCowboy

    @corey Well, yeah. News feed about this popped up yesterday. I mean, it's not like I have dedicated myself to finding everything about Hangover 2. Whatever news finds me even if it's "late" is completely by accident.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  5. Nicholaus XX

    Just give the guy a million bucks, that should shut him up.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  6. Zak Lee Ferguson

    do we give a sh*t.....digitally redo the whole film i say!

    3 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  7. ZanyZap

    @ignitedspade: Good info.

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  8. Corey W.

    @SpaceCowboy your just hearing about this now? I thought this was a big story lol

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  9. Nautical

    Ha cant strike an agreement. lolz

    3 years agoby @nautical05Flag

  10. Avian

    Dammit money. I like you, but you're tearing humanity apart!

    3 years agoby @avian005Flag

  11. TheMime

    couldn't agree more......

    3 years agoby @themimeFlag

  12. ignitedspade

    This is like if Chuck Taylor sued a movie for someone wearing a pair of Converse. Absolutely ridiculous. I would venture to bet this guy has no official trademark on the design, as tattoo artists very rarely do such a thing. I hope this guy gets nothing for this.

    I would assume this is a lot like Graphic Design (which I do), whereas the artist is providing a SERVICE, and not a product. Once the design is done, the rights and the image are transferred to the client. If this were the case, this guy would have no rights to it. All he did was provide a service to tattoo some squiggly lines on someones dome.

    You don't see the architect who designed the Empire State Building, suing every movie studio who produces a movie with the building in it. Just sayin'.

    3 years agoby @ignitedspadeFlag

  13. slysnide

    @bane5000: Exactly. This guy's just a jackass. Same exact tatoo designs are seen everywhere in films and television, and I'm sure it's not copyrighted as they had no issue using it in the first film. Unless he's arguing that Tyson's was real so he owned it, whereas Helms' isn't so he can't. That's probably the lame excuse this guy's using.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  14. Bane5000

    But i do have a simple question that should solve this once and for all...Did the tattoist copyright this particular design legally?

    3 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  15. slysnide

    Whitmill's golddigging. He should shut up and go home to save face.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  16. Bane5000

    I used to apprentice for my tattoist, and ive seen him tattoo identical tattoos on numerous people from designs by other tattoo artists, thats just how tattoo art is, its gonna be shared and designs are gonna be tattooed on alot of different people, no one person has something that completely original that no one else world has...

    Now i understand this tattoo is famous cuz of being on Mike Tyson, so does that mean if an ordinary joe goes out and gets the same design on his face, or any tattoos that looks similiar on any famous person , that Mikes tattoist can sue the person and whoever tattoed it on him, its just art and this is just ridiculous

    3 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  17. the Narrator

    While it's obviously a big deal, and this guy's totally money horny (Ya like that? "Money horny". Yeah, I made that up myself. Has a ring to it, don't it?), it doesn't detract from the stupidity of the studio for not legally checking in on such a matter, when the tattoo was obviously so important to the characters trials in the film. Ask me, it's a fail on both parties part - a failure in communication.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  18. Jimthar

    we are way too free to do whatever we want in this country. way to go and f*ck up a good movie jackass!

    3 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  19. K.Guy

    Listen, the tattoo is fake and it was made for a movie, why the heck did you try to sue... oh yeah, MONEY! dimwit.

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  20. Dragon1991

    Sueing brings out the ***hole side in some people.

    3 years agoby @Dragon1991Flag

  21. moviegeek

    @dan1 Seconded.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  22. Dan

    Stupid. They're pansies if they give in to this moron in any way, shape, or form.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  23. SpaceCowboy

    Pwah! Thanks guys. I needed a laugh. Oh wait...is this for real?

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  24. K.Guy

    Good lord, It's just a freakin tattoo!!!

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag