Soldier to sue Hurt Locker's distributors
Makers of The Hurt Locker are in the middle of a controversy. A soldier is reportedly set to sue them alleging the Oscar-nominated film is based on his tour of duty in Iraq.india Updated: Mar 05, 2010 17:50 IST
Master Sergeant Jeffrey S Sarver is due to file a multi-million dollar federal lawsuit against The Hurt Locker film-makers, claiming the movie depicts his own experiences as the leader of an explosives disposal unit, Contactmusic reported.
Sarver, 38, alleges The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal was allowed to travel with his unit in Iraq as part of an armed services press program.
Sarver's attorney Geoffrey Fieger explained in a statement, "Virtually all of the situations portrayed in the film were, in fact, occurrences involving Master Sgt. Sarver that were observed and documented by screenwriter Boal.
"The suit alleges that, for reasons that can only be explained by greed, the movie's screenwriter and makers decided to cheat Master Sgt Sarver (a man who repeatedly risked his life for his country) out of financial participation in the film, and any acknowledgement of his heroic actions in Iraq. Master Sgt Sarver only learned of the appropriation of his identity after the film's release," the statement added.