Looks like some intern has a long summer of staring Ed Helms‘ sweaty, screaming face in his or her future. As part of the on-going lawsuit filed by Mike Tyson‘s tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill, Warner Bros now says they will change Stu’s ill-advised tat for the upcoming Hangover Part II DVD release this December. “If the parties are unable to resolve their dispute, 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’s face. As a result, there is no reason for the highly accelerated trial Plaintiff has asked this Court to hold on Plaintiff’s request for a permanent injunction,” Warner Bros. wrote in their court filing. Seeing as how Stu is in basically every shot of the movie, it might seriously be cheaper to just go ahead and re-shoot the whole thing. Plus that monkey probably needs the work.
Prior to the film’s release, a judge ruled that the Hangover Part II tattoo law suit wouldn’t affect opening weekend. Warner Bros. requested that their court date be moved back to February 21, 2012, but there is a mediation hearing on June 17 and a settlement is always a possibility. Of course, if the judge rules that the use of the image does not constitute copyright infringement, you just know Alan is going to get one of those in The Hangover Part III. Or Phil. Or Chow. Or that little monkey.
[Photo: Warner Bros.]