Barry Tubb has sued Paramount Pictures for the unauthorised use of his likeness.
Barry Tubb has sued Paramount Pictures for the unauthorised use of his likeness.

Actor Barry Tubb Sues Paramount Over Unauthorized Likeness


Barry Tubb, known for his role as naval aviator Henry “Wolfman” Ruth in the original “Top Gun,” has launched a legal battle against Paramount Pictures over the unauthorized use of his likeness in the franchise’s 2022 sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Barry Tubb Allegations of Misappropriation:

Tubb claims that Paramount included his likeness in a pivotal scene of “Top Gun: Maverick,” depicting the Top Gun Class of 1986, without his consent or compensation. 

He argues that this use of his image was not incidental but essential to the plot, misleading viewers into believing his affiliation with the film.

Deceptive Practices and Financial Loss:

The lawsuit alleges that Paramount’s actions deprived Tubb of his right to negotiate the terms of his image’s usage and undermined his ability to refuse consent. 

Tubb seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, with his lawyers suggesting no less than $75,000, and demands a trial by jury.

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Paramount’s Response and Industry Dynamics:

While Tubb refrains from making public statements, his legal team expresses confidence in the lawsuit’s merits. Paramount, labeled a habitual infringer, faces scrutiny for its alleged disregard for actors’ rights and commercial interests.

Implications and Future Developments:

The legal dispute unfolds against ongoing plans for a third “Top Gun” film, with Tom Cruise slated to reprise his iconic role. 

Despite the sequel’s commercial success, Tubb’s lawsuit sheds light on the ethical and legal complexities surrounding intellectual property rights in the entertainment industry.

Jean Martin

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