Belfast Telegraph

Duo seek Hurt Locker case dismissal

The Oscar-winning director and screenwriter of The Hurt Locker are asking a US federal judge to dismiss an Iraq war veteran's lawsuit alleging that the film is based on him.

Lawyers for director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal argue in papers filed in Los Angeles that Master Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver cannot prove he is the basis for the bomb technician William James, played by Jeremy Renner in the film.

They also argue in the court papers that the movie is protected by the First Amendment.

The film's producers have also asked to have M/Sgt Sarver's lawsuit dismissed.

The case was filed in March 2010, just days before Bigelow, Boal and the film won Academy Awards.

Boal was embedded with Sarver's unit in Iraq in 2004 and wrote a story for Playboy titled, 'The Man in the Bomb Suit' that profiled the West Virginia native.

Sarver contends Boal based Renner's character on him, an accusation the writer has consistently denied.

In a sworn declaration, Boal writes that he interviewed more than 50 military personnel who work in bomb disposal units and that Renner's character is a composite of many of them.

According to court documents, M/Sgt Sarver is currently deployed in Afghanistan.


From Belfast Telegraph