In the world of Grand Theft Auto 6, controversy is brewing as Lawrence Sullivan, known as the 'Florida Joker,' steps forward to claim that his likeness has been used as inspiration for an in-game character. Sullivan, who gained notoriety through viral mug shots featuring his distinctive dyed hair and face tattoos, now asserts that the purple-haired character in the GTA 6 trailer bears a striking resemblance to him.
In a recently shared video on social media, Sullivan passionately points out the similarities between himself and the character featured in the trailer. "That’s me. That’s the person they got the inspiration from. That’s me. That’s me," he insists, pointing at pictures of himself and the virtual counterpart. In a bold demand directed at Rockstar Games, he states, "GTA, we gotta talk. Or no, you gotta give me like a mill or two. Y’all took my likeness. Y’all took my life."
This situation isn't unfamiliar territory for Rockstar Games, as the company faced a similar challenge when GTA V was released. Back then, actor Lindsey Lohan attempted to sue the game developer, claiming they used her likeness for a minor character. However, her claims were dismissed in 2018, with the court deeming the character a "generic young woman."
While Sullivan has not taken legal action yet, his complaints may not be the last in a series of likeness-related controversies surrounding GTA 6. The first trailer already depicts a Vice City mirroring the chaos of its real-world counterpart in Florida, hinting at potential future disputes.
As the 'Florida Joker' seeks compensation, it remains to be seen how Rockstar Games will respond to these claims. In the tumultuous world of GTA, where real-life inspirations often blur with virtual creations, the line between homage and appropriation continues to be a topic of discussion. Only time will tell how this controversy unfolds and whether it will cast a shadow over the highly-anticipated release of Grand Theft Auto 6. Stay tuned for further updates as the drama unfolds in the virtual streets of Vice City.