Man Sues ‘Hangover II’ Producers, Says They Stole His Life
Michael Alan Rubin has filed a lawsuit against the makers of The Hangover II. In the lawsuit the California native claims that the blockbuster comedy was inspired by his own experience with a rocky honeymoon and other debauchery in Asia.
According to Vulture, Rubin says the movie itself was stolen from a script he wrote that described his Asian adventures. Rubin is representing himself in this case, so it’s hard to take his allegations seriously.
Rubin’s federal lawsuit says he married a Japanese woman in 2007 in Japan. The couple honeymooned in Thailand and India where differences started arising over Rubin’s financial condition. During the honeymoon trip, Tamayo refused to share a hotel room with the plaintiff.
In India, Rubin says he met a Bollywood producer who gave him work as a leading actor in several films. At this point, Rubin wanted to turn his experience with Tamayo into a movie, so he wrote a script entitled Mickey and Kirin and allegedly deposited a copy with the Writers Guild of America. He later heard from a Hollywood friend about Hangover II, the story of some Asian misadventures by Americans on the road to a wedding.
“The production of Hangover 2 is not a complete ‘literary’ or ‘artistic’ works of the Hangover Defendants as credited in Hangover 2,” says the complaint. “In fact, the production of Hangover II was a result of infringement of the Plaintiff’s treatment ‘Mickey and Kirin’ and exploitation of the private real life of Plaintiff in an insulting manner.”
Rubin is suing for copyright infringement, misappropriation of his publicity rights, and defamation. On the latter claim, he believes the filmmakers suggested the inference that he was under the influence of drugs when he ditched his girlfriend and proposed to a male-to-female transexual prostitute.
Rubin is representing himself in court, which doesn’t help the absurdity of his claims.