Army bomb expert sues ‘Hurt Locker’ makers, claiming main character was based on him

March 4, 2010 – In The News
Los Angeles Times

An Army bomb disposal expert who served in the Iraq war is suing the makers of "The Hurt Locker," claiming the Oscar-nominated film's lead character is based on him and that they cheated him out of "financial participation" in the film.

It could be tough for Sarver to win his lawsuit unless he can prove that Boal made promises to him while he was embedded with his unit, said Jody Simon, an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles.

"Soldiers don't have privacy," Simon said. "The military embedded him so they gave the reporter permission to observe what was going on. ... Works of fiction always have elements of fact."