‘Top Gun’ actor sues Paramount around use of his graphic in sequel

‘Top Gun’ actor sues Paramount around use of his graphic in sequel

Wolfman is howling at Paramount Pics around the use of his graphic in Best Gun: Maverick.


Barry Tubb, the actor who performed flyboy Leonard “Wolfman” Wolfe in the 1986 motion picture Top Gun, is suing the studio about what he suggests is the unauthorized use of his likeness in the hit 2022 sequel.


In a complaint submitted Wednesday in California courtroom and attained by EW, Tubb promises that his permission to use his likeness “did not include things like the use of his image in the sequel.” The scene in dilemma options Hangman (Glen Powell) and Coyote (Greg Tarzan Davis) first discovering that Rooster Bradshaw (Miles Teller) is essentially the son of the late Goose (Anthony Edwards) when they arrive on an previous photograph of Iceman (Val Kilmer), Goose, Maverick (Tom Cruise), and Wolfman.


Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, and Barry Tubb in ‘Top Gun’.

Everett Assortment



For every the criticism, the graphic is “a 4-shot shut-up obviously developing plaintiff,” and “[Tubb’s] likeness in the scene is necessary in a way that is not incidental.” In addition, Tubb claims the image is really an altered edition of a at the rear of-the-scenes shot of the unique actors, and as a result the alterations “destroyed any purported copyright” to the impression.


Paramount didn’t right away reply to EW’s request for remark Thursday.


Tubb’s grievance asserts that the studio “never sought consent or authority to use plaintiff’s picture for any purpose in Top Gun: Maverick and the original deal signed by plaintiff and Paramount did not ponder use of his graphic further than the initial Best Gun or in promotions linked to Prime Gun: Maverick a sequel not contemplated at the time of the original deal and not produced till 2022, practically four decades following the primary Top Gun.”


Barry Tubb in ‘Top Gun’.

Paramount Photos



It continues: “Plaintiff never agreed to Paramount’s use of his picture, likeness, and/or id in the motion picture Top rated Gun: Maverick. Paramount’s conduct is as a result deceptive and deceptive by falsely and fraudulently symbolizing that plaintiff is by some means affiliated with Top Gun: Maverick was contracted to execute in Best Gun: Maverick or was employed to advertise, publicize, marketplace, or endorse Prime Gun: Maverick on behalf of Paramount.”


Tubb is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, and is demanding a demo by jury.


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