L places Tailor as a decoy on television. The network states that the broadcast is worldwide and that Tailor's statements (made in English) are being translated into Japanese by Yoshio Anderson.After Tailor states that he is "L," he reads a declaration stating that Kira is evil. Light, in a rage, kills Tailor with a heart attack. The broadcast of Tailor is suddenly cut, and L's signature letter 'L' appears. Using a voice synthesizer, the real L announces that Lind L. Tailor was a decoy and a criminal on death row. He explains that Tailor's information was never made available to the public, so there was no way Kira could have killed him until now. L boldly tells Kira to try to kill him. After several seconds, L learns that Kira needs the person's real name and face to kill the victim, otherwise Kira would have already killed him. L announces that the video was aired only in the Kanto area of Japan as a ploy to determine the location of Kira. L, originally planning to air the video in other areas in Japan at different times, stated that it would not be necessary to continue broadcasting Tailor's footage.
The main difference between Tailor in the film is his back story. Tailor was a Caucasian man native to New Jersey, U.S.A. Tailor was convicted in 1999 in Texas as a suspect in a sexual assault and murder, and in 2005 he was pronounced guilty and faced a death sentence.
- In the anime and manga, Tailor has long hair. In the film, Tailor has a short haircut.
- As in the film, a Japanese speaker dubs Tailor's English into Japanese as the Tailor recording is broadcast.
- It is never revealed what kind of crime(s) Tailor has committed.