Tyson Tattoo to Be Removed From "Hangover 2" DVD

Tyson Tattoo to Be Removed From "Hangover 2" DVD

Warner Bros. will digitally alter the copyrighted art.

Published June 10, 2011

In order to avoid further legal problems with Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist, Warner Bros. has announced that it will remove Ed Helms’ face tattoo once The Hangover 2 goes to DVD. TMZ reports that the studio filed new legal documents on Monday in their legal fight with S. Victor Whitmill. Whitmill is the artist behind Tyson’s infamous tribal tattoo on his face.

In the sequel to the highly successful comedy, Ed Helms’ character ends up with a duplicate tattoo on his face. Whitmill sued for copyright infringement and tried to uphold the release of the anticipated sequel. A judge ruled against that decision but did side with Whitmill, who claims he copyrighted the tattoo on Tyson’s face. In their legal documents the movie studio wrote, "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’ face."

Whitmill has threatened to take the matter to trial, but Warner Bros. now argues that the digital alteration of the tattoo in question removes the need for one.

(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Written by Michael Arceneaux


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