Mike Tyson says he is "honored" to have a tattoo similar to his featured on Ed Helms' face in "The Hangover Part 2."
S. Victor Whitmill, a Missouri man who who tattooed Tyson's face in Las Vegas in 2003, had sued Warner Bros. the film's studio, saying that having Helms sport such a design in the film constituted copyright infringement. A federal judge denied his request for an injunction and Warner Bros. said the movie would be released on Thursday, May 26, as scheduled. However, the judge also allowed the copyright infringement case to move forward.
Images of Helms appearing with a tattoo similar to Tyson's also appear in ads promoting the film. Tyson has not commented on the lawsuit but when asked at the recent Los Angeles premiere what he thought of having Helm sporting his tattoo for the movie, he told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith that he was "honored."
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 Maori-inspired face tattoo the eve of his wedding in the sequel. Tyson makes an appearance in both the sequel and the original movie, playing himself.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).Watch a trailer for "The Hangover Part II" below.