The Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer parodies several viral clips that have surfed around social media, as is series tradition, but one man now believes that his likeness inspired a certain in-game character and is demanding $1-2 million from Rockstar Games.
‘Florida Joker’ - or Lawrence Sullivan - recently took to social media to point out the similarities between himself and a character from the trailer. Sullivan first drew attention after mug shots featuring his dyed hair and face tattoos went viral - and he consequently gained the Florida Joker moniker. The GTA 6 trailer instead features the mug shot of a purple-haired character, with similar tattoos around his eyes and cheeks.
“That’s me. That’s the person they got the inspiration from. That’s me. That’s me,” Sullivan repeats in a recently shared video, pointing at pictures of himself and the in-game character. “GTA, we gotta talk. Or no, you gotta give me like a mill or two,” he continues, “Y’all took my likeness. Y’all took my life.”
Update: Florida Joker is now demanding $2 million from Rockstar Games for using his appearance: “Y’all took my likeness, y’all took my life.” https://t.co/XZA2hZu8Fw pic.twitter.com/9fQgmRqYWnDecember 9, 2023
This isn’t Rockstar Games’s first time in the hot seat, obviously. When GTA V was initially released, actor Lindsey Lohan attempted to sue the company over claims that they used her likeness for a minor character in the game. Her claims were thrown out in 2018, as a New York court said the character was just a “generic young woman.” Sullivan hasn’t taken legal action just yet.
Sullivan’s complaints may not be the last likeness-related controversies coming for GTA 6 since its first trailer depicts a Vice City that’s just as chaotic as its real-world counterpart (Florida).