The Hurt LockerIn what appears to be another blow for 'The Hurt Locker,' an army war vet is now suing the producers of the Oscar-nominated film, alleging that the movie's main character, Will James (played by Jeremy Renner), was actually based on him, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Master Sergeant Jeffrey S. Sarver, a bomb technician who served in the Iraq War, filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit Tuesday in a New Jersey court, claiming that "virtually all of the situations" that occurred in the movie, despite being listed as fictional, were taken from Sarver's real-life war experience. The Hurt LockerIn what appears to be another blow for 'The Hurt Locker,' an army war vet is now suing the producers of the Oscar-nominated film, alleging that the movie's main character, Will James (played by Jeremy Renner), was actually based on him, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Master Sergeant Jeffrey S. Sarver, a bomb technician who served in the Iraq War, filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit Tuesday in a New Jersey court, claiming that "virtually all of the situations" that occurred in the movie, despite being listed as fictional, were taken from Sarver's real-life war experience.

Those named in the suit include 'Locker' director Kathryn Bigelow, distributor Summit Entertainment and screenwriter Mark Boal. The lawsuit alleges that Boal, working as a journalist, spent time embedded in a bomb-dismantling unit with Sarver in Iraq, which Boal then turned into a 2005 article for Playboy. That article was later adapted to become the script for 'The Hurt Locker.' The suit also alleges that Sarver himself coined the term "the hurt locker."

In response to the suit, Summit Entertainment released a statement, saying they hoped for a "quick resolution to the claims made by Master Sgt. Sarver."

"We have no doubt that Master Sgt. Sarver served his country with honor and commitment risking his life for a greater good, but we distributed the film based on a fictional screenplay written by Mark Boal," the statement said.

This lawsuit comes as the latest hit to the critically-acclaimed film, which many saw as a front-runner coming into this Sunday's Oscars. On Tuesday, producer Nicolas Chartier was banned from attending the awards ceremony after he sent out an e-mail urging support for 'Locker' by disparaging another film.
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