Did the Hangover II rip off a man’s actual life story? Michael Alan Rubin claims it was his international adventures from which the creators of the franchise concocted the idea for the comedy.
According Rubin’s federal lawsuit filed in California, he married a Japanese woman named Tamayo in Japan. The couple honeymooned in Thailand and India, where they began to argue over Rubin’s financial situation. According to Rubin, events very similar to the Hangover II occurred on this vacation.
Rubin claims he met a Bollywood producer who gave him work as a leading actor on several films. Rubin then decided to turn his honeymoon experience into a feature film, so he wrote a script entitled Mickey and Kirin. He allegedly submitted a copy with the Writers Guild of America and later heard from a Hollywood friend about Hangover II, the story of some Asian misadventures by Americans on the way to a wedding.
Rubin is suing for copyright infringement, misappropriation of his publicity rights, and defamation. He believes the filmmakers suggested the inference that he was under the influence of drugs when he proposed to a male-to-female transexual prostitute.
Rubin has no legal representation in this matter and has no evidence that the Hangover II creators knew who he was or had access to his work (an important prong of the legal analysis for copyright infringement).
Does Rubin have a claim here? Is it ever a good idea to represent yourself in a federal legal matter? Does his submission with the Writers Guild mean that the Hangover II creators had access to his work?
For more information, visit: The Hollywood Reporter.