Earlier this month we heard that Warner Bros. may have to alter the tattoo on Ed Helms’ face for the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Hangover: Part 2 due to a copyright lawsuit. Well fortunately for the studio they won’t, as the lawsuit has now been settled.
Tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill tried to prevent the release of film because he claimed he owns a copyright on the unique tattoo worn by former boxer Mike Tyson, which was copied by the filmmakers and placed on the face of Ed Helms in the sequel. He obviously didn’t stop the movie from being released, but Warner Bros. told a judge that if they couldn’t resolve the case soon the studio would digitally alter the tattoo by the time it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray.
Warner Bros. has settled the lawsuit brought by Missouri tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill over the mark on Helms’ face, which Whitmill claimed infringed a copyrighted tattoo he created for boxer Mike Tyson.
Terms of the settlment were not disclosed. When asked for comment, Whitmill attorney Geoff Gerber provided THR the following statement: “Warner Bros. and Mr. Whitmill have amicably resolved their dispute. No other information will be provided.”
Sources say the deal was hammered out during an all-day mediation in St. Louis on Friday that was attended by Whitmill and his lawyers, as well as the Warners legal team.
Somewhere a visual effects team is breathing a sigh of relief. While i’m sure they would have been paid handsomely, digitally altering the tattoo which is featured on 75% of all frames in the movie would have been tedious.