S. Victor Whitmill does not want you to see The Hangover: Part II. The artist, who designed the tattoo on famed boxer Mike Tyson's face, owns the copyright to the image, which has allegedly been used in the upcoming sequel without his permission. Comedian Ed Helms' character awakes in the sequel to find the familiar ink on his face, in an apparent nod to Tyson's memorable cameo in the original Hangover. So the odds of Warner Bros. writing this off as a coincidence are rather slim. Whitmill's suing the production company in an attempt to halt the release of the film, Hollywood Reporter reported.
This kind of thing happens all the time (Cars 2, for example), and almost never results in any kind of serious legal action against the filmmakers. It's certainly hard to imagine the producers of the film sitting at the end of a long boardroom table, twirling their long mustaches and cackling, "Today, we will steal the tattoo designs of S. Victor Whitmill!" Frankly, it might never have occurred to them to check on the copyright status of a tattoo design. Or at least they might have assumed it would be covered under fair use or parody laws.
The odds of this not settling out of court are slim, but Crave Online will be back with more Hangover: Part II news as it scabs over.