The annual telecasts of "A Christmas Story" have turned the holiday movie into a cultural touchstone, and one actor from the picture wants his share of the money being made by the studio for licensing his likeness on consumer merchandise, reports Reuters.
Actor Zack Ward played bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 film, and his distinctive visage and shock of red hair were turned into a figurine — apparently without his permission.
Ward filed a lawsuit Tuesday in California federal court, charging Warner Bros. Entertainment with using his image for products without authorization.
Paul McGuire, a Warner Bros. spokesman, declined to comment, saying that the company had not yet received a copy of the lawsuit. But according to the suit, Warner Bros. responded previously to Ward’s claims, saying: "Although the hat, sweater, jacket and boots are similar to those worn by Mr. Ward in the Picture, the face of the character is not Mr. Ward’s face.”