Mike Tyson's tattoo artist sued Warner Bros. in federal on Thursday for copyright infringement for replicating his tattoo on Ed Helms' face in their upcoming film, "The Hangover Part II."
S. Victor Whitmill, the Missouri artist who tattooed Tyson's face in Las Vegas in 2003, claims that he retained the copyright to the image, which is tattooed on the boxer's face, reports the Los Angeles Times. He is reportedly seeking to block the production company from using the tattoo in ads for the film.
"When Mr. Whitmill created the Original Tattoo, Mr. Tyson agreed that Mr. Whitmill would own the artwork and thus, the copyright in the Original Tattoo," the complaint read. "Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. - without attempting to contact Mr. Whitmill, obtain his permission, or credit his creation - has copied Mr. Whitmill's Original Tattoo and placed it on the face of another actor... This unauthorized exploitation of the Original Tattoo constitutes copyright infringement."
In the movie, which is set for release during Memorial Day weekend on May 26, the four stars(Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha) travel to Bangkok for Stu's wedding. Helms plays the character who famously lost a tooth in the first film and ends up with the face tattoo the eve of his wedding in the sequel.
In the first R-rated comedy movie, which hit theaters in 2009, hijinks ensued when the four arrived in Las Vegas for a bachelor party ahead of the wedding of Doug, played by Bartha. Tyson appeared in the first "Hangover" movie.
"The Hangover Part II" originally featured cameos by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and actor Liam Neeson, however Neeson's cameo as a tattoo artist has reportedly since been cut from the finished film.
Watch a trailer for "The Hangover Part II" below.