Bosses behind The Hangover sequel will digitally alter Ed Helms' fake face tattoo if a lawsuit over the inking is not resolved by the time the film is due out on DVD.
The actor is seen sporting a black tribal design around his left cheek and temple in The Hangover Part II and S. Victor Whitmill, the artist who created, inked and copyrighted an iconic facial tattoo for boxer Mike Tyson, filed suit against film's studio, Warner Brothers, back in April. He alleged producers copied his design and used it in the film without permission.
His request to stop the film's May release was denied, and the movie went on to make more than $350 million at the worldwide box office. The lawsuit is due to go to trial in February, but movie bosses have now told a judge in Missouri they will consider using advanced film techniques to digitally alter Helm's onscreen tattoo if the case isn't resolved by the time of the DVD launch in December, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Court documents filed by the Warner Bros. legal team state, "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 theaters because Warner Bros. will digitally alter the film to substitute a different tattoo on Ed Helms's face... The home video release is currently scheduled for early December 2011, which would allow Warner Bros. sufficient time to make the change if it becomes necessary."
A private mediation hearing is set for June 16th.