GTA 6: Florida Joker Demands $2 Million from Rockstar Games – In a peculiar turn of events, Lawrence Sullivan, famously known as the ‘Florida Joker’ due to his distinctive facial tattoos resembling Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker, is demanding a solid $2 million from Rockstar Games. Sullivan alleges that the renowned video game developer unlawfully used his likeness in the highly-anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6) trailer.
Sullivan, who gained bad reputation in 2017 after a viral identification photograph displaying his unique facial tattoos, contends that a character in the GTA 6 trailer bears a striking resemblance to him.
In a TikTok video, he forcefully points to a side-by-side comparison of his identification photograph and the game character, asserting, “Y’all took my likeness. Y’all took my life. That’s me. That’s the person they got their inspiration from.”
Florida joker reacts to the GTA 6 trailer after Rockstar used his appearance: “We gotta talk.”
Do you think he’s gonna sue Rockstar? pic.twitter.com/tnE3JxfP3R
— GTA 6 Trailer Countdown ⏳ (@GTAVI_Countdown) December 6, 2023
GTA 6: Florida Joker Demands $2 Million from Rockstar Games
In his pursuit of what he deems fair compensation, Sullivan directly addressed Rockstar Games in another TikTok video, stating, “We gotta talk or [if] not you gotta give me like a mil or two.” Sullivan’s demand is grounded in the belief that state publicity laws safeguard individuals’ rights to profit from their own likeness, despite exceptions for parody.
However, Roger Clark, the voice actor for Red Dead Redemption 2’s protagonist, Arthur Morgan, offered a different perspective. In a now-deleted TikTok video, Clark suggested that Rockstar Games is well-versed in legal matters and advised Sullivan to capitalise on the newfound attention instead. He remarked, “[Rockstar Games is] lawyered up, man. They know exactly what they can and cannot get away with.”
The GTA 6 trailer, featuring scenes such as an alligator entering a convenience store and a police chase involving a naked man, garnered a record-breaking 93 million views on YouTube within its first 24 hours. Despite the controversy, no official update from Rockstar Games or Sullivan confirms any communication or resolution between the parties involved.
As this peculiar clash unfolds, the gaming community watches with intrigue, awaiting further developments in this unexpected intersection of virtual worlds and real-life legal claims.