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Man To ‘Hangover II’ Producers: ‘You Stole My Life’

Michael Alan Rubin has filed a lawsuit against the makers of The Hangover II, claiming the comedy was inspired by his real life experiences of a disastrous honeymoon and other assorted debauchery in Asia. The California native claims the movie was ripped from a script he wrote about his misadventures. Rubin is also representing himself in the suit. Cue eyeroll.

According to, Rubin’s lawsuit states he married a Japanese woman back in 2007 in Japan. The couple traveled to Thailand and India where the couple fought over Rubin’s financial status. During the honeymoon, Tamayo refused to share a room with her new husband.

While in India, Rubin claims he met a Bollywood producer, which led to work as a leading actor in several films. Rubin turned his experiences into a script entitled Mickey and Kirin and allegedly submitted a copy with the Writers Guild of America. Later he heard from a friend about The Hangover II, the story of wild times in Asian had by Americans on their way 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. The last claim is due to what Rubin believes was the filmmaker’s suggestion that he used drugs while on his honeymoon and proposed to a male-to-female transsexual prostitute.

He is also suing for Zach Galifianakis’ autograph. Okay, just kidding on the last one. But this lawsuit seems like such a joke–how else could you view one guy, choosing to represent himself against the a multimillion dollar franchise and the lawyers that come with it–that it seemed appropriate.



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