March 3, 2010— -- "The Hurt Locker," nominated for the Academy Award as best film of the year, tells the story of a bomb-squad technician in Iraq named Will James. The film's screenwriter, Mark Boal, says the the work is fiction, but a real-life bomb disposal expert now says Boal stole details of his life for the film and is suing the filmmakers to share in the movie's financial succcess.
Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver claims "The Hurt Locker" includes scenes ripped straight from his life in Iraq, and that he even gave Boal the movie's title. Boal says he spoke to more than 100 soldiers while researching the film and that the screenplay is not about Sarver.
It's not the first PR problem for "The Hurt Locker." A producer of the film got in trouble last month for bashing another Oscar-nominated film in an e-mail to Academy members. He'll be excluded from the awards ceremony.
The movie has had tremendous success -- it's a front runner for Best Picture at the Academy awards and is nominated for eight other Oscars. It already won prizes at several major film festivals.
Our question to you today: Does the growing controversy over "The Hurt Locker" change your opinion of the fim?