So now, as if public humiliation and a strict Academy reprimand wasn’t enough, now The Hurt Locker team is being sued for supposedly copying things that happened in real life in Iraq. Let me get this straight – the first attempt to dismantle the film by the military came from those who said it was an inaccurate depiction – a fiction story. Now, they’re being sued for the opposite. So which is? Real or not real? “And I don’t imagine the answer is behind those cheap shoes, Clarice.”
Master Sergeant Jeffrey S. Sarver believes screenwriter Mark Boal based “virtually all of the situations” in the film on events involving him and claims he coined the phrase “the hurt locker,” according to a statement from lawyer Geoffrey Fieger in Southland, Michigan, who is representing Sarver.