Take-Two sued by <i>Warriors</i> actor
Man who played Cyrus reportedly claims game publisher never obtained the rights to use his likeness.
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Outside of being named one of the Top 10 Most Violent Video Games by the Family Media Guide, Rockstar Games' The Warriors (based on the film of the same name) has avoided much of the outcry generated by the developer's other efforts, like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Bully.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Roger Hill, the actor whose reverberating "Can you dig it?" practically defined the charismatic gang leader Cyrus and gave the film one of its most quotable lines, is suing Take-Two Interactive over the game. Hill, who now works in a Manhattan business college's library, says Take-Two approached him with an offer to use his name and voice in the game, but he rejected their initial offer and they never followed up. But when The Warriors was released for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox last year, Cyrus and Hill's likeness still showed up in the game.
Hill's suit seeks $250,000 and a court order barring the publisher from using his likeness. A Take-Two spokesman told the paper that Hill's claims were groundless, and that the company does possess the rights to use Hill's likeness and Cyrus in its game.