'Hurt Locker' makers move to dismiss vet's lawsuit

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 1 at 4:06 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The makers of "The Hurt Locker" are asking a federal judge to take part in a special screening — to watch their movie and then dismiss an Iraq war veteran's claims it is based on him.

The makers of the Academy Award-winning film asked the judge on Tuesday to dismiss Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver's lawsuit on the grounds that the film is a fictional work. The filings contend many of Sarver's claims of similarity are contradicted by watching the movie.

Sarver sued in March 2010, days before "The Hurt Locker" went on to win six Oscars, including best picture, best director and best original screenplay.

Screenwriter Mark Boal wrote about Sarver in a story published in 2005, but has said the Army bomb disposal expert is not the basis for the film.

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