There are no restrictions or taboos! An Iraq war veteran who claims he is the basis for ‘The Hurt Locker’ is suing the film’s makers saying it has placed his life at risk and subjected him to ridicule about his bomb disposal prowess. In a court exclusive Kids Foot Locker Videos signed at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan, Army Sargent Jeffrey Sarver wrote that the Oscar-winning film relies heavily on his experiences and background and that despite claims from the film-makers, the screenwriter did base several of the film’s scenes on his experiences.
Those include firing a handgun at suspected car bombers, placing the gun to the forehead of an Iraqi driver to get him to move away and setting off smoke screens to avoid snipers. Jeffrey Sarver, an Iraq war vetran who claims he is the inspiration for the Hurt Locker’s reckless main character. Hurt Locker’s reckless main character, Sgt. Sarver signed his declaration in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan, where he is currently deployed. He claims he never gave screenwriter Mark Boal permission to use personal details in a story he did for a Playboy magazine article titled ‘The Man in the Bomb Suit,’ and that their inclusion in the story and ‘The Hurt Locker’ have hurt his reputation.
Mr Boal was embedded with Sgt. Sarver claims Mr Boal wanted to stay with him exclusively because he didn’t trust other bomb techs. The film, which won six Oscars in 2009, follows a team of army bomb disposal experts in Iraq as they battle to carry out their jobs in extremely testing circumstances. The film’s main character, Sergeant First Class William James, is portrayed as a reckless and unhinged soldier who uses techniques that are the opposite of proper bomb-disposal procedure. Williams character is based on him and it is this which has led to other soldiers questioning his abilities. Sarver wrote: ‘Because the actor portrays me as a reckless soldier and idiot, this portrayal is being reflected upon me at work, at home, and amongst friends.
Sarver’s filing also claims Army leadership mistakenly believes he sold his story so that it could be made into a movie, which has hurt his chances for a promotion. Hurt Locker’ Director Kathryn Bigelow, Mr Boal and the film’s producers are seeking a dismissal of Sarver’s case, saying he is not the basis for the William James character, played by Jeremy Renner. In court filings, they have also stated that the film is protected by California law and the First Amendment, and that Sarver cannot win the lawsuit. In a previous filing Mr Boal wrote: ‘William James is a fictional character that is a product of my imagination.