Barbara Leonard reports:
An Army veteran says the lead character in the Oscar-nominated film “The Hurt Locker” is based on his life defusing bombs in Iraq. He claims the movie misappropriated his likeness, invaded his privacy and defamed him by portraying him as “trailer trash,” with a “proclivity for fathering children out of wedlock,” and “a reckless, gung-ho war addict who has a morbid fascination with death which causes him to carelessly risk both his and his colleagues’ lives”.
Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver says he led an explosive ordinance disposal unit in Iraq, and that Mark Boal, an embedded journalist, used him as the basis for an article in “Playboy” and the screenplay for “The Hurt Locker.”