March 5th, 2010
01:25 PM ET

More e-mail troubles for 'Hurt Locker' producer

“Hurt Locker” producer Nicolas Chartier’s e-mail habits continue to intrigue.

Over at the L.A. Times’ movie blog, there’s yet another message from Chartier, who has already been banished from the Academy Awards because of a campaign note he sent to Oscar voters and other insiders that the Academy found to be in bad taste.

This message, sent in December, focuses on the other “Hurt Locker” controversy of the lawsuit brought by Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, who claims the film isn’t fictional but based on his own experiences in the Iraq war that "Locker" screenwriter Mark Boal documented.

In response to a message from one of Sarver’s attorneys near the winter holidays, Chartier said he’d never heard of Sarver, and inquired about what the cause of his unhappiness was.

"Everyone says it’s one of the best movies of the year, did he just not like the popcorn when he watched the movie?" Chartier mused in the email. "What negative impact....Did I steal his girlfriend?"

It’s safe to assume that by now, Chartier is well-versed in why Sarver is none too pleased with “Hurt Locker’s” success.

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Filed under: movies • Oscars 2010

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. robert

    I do not think that the Academy should censor free speech.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. patricia lawe

    Yaaah for Mark. Funny how the "Unknowns of this world always like to jump on the bandwagon of the Knowns....Kinda like they hope in getting close to the "Goose laying the golden egg""in hopes of some of it rubbing off on them. Couldn't write your own story.... Huh Jeffrey? So how many soldiers in Bomb squads share this story...huh?

    March 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    Jack, I'm guessing you go to "Tea Party" events. In addition to hating Hollywood, you must hate "the gays" and that horrible "Socialist" Obama. Here is a newsflash from someone who actually works in Hollywood: You see, ... "Hollywood" is not controlled by one entity. There are a number of film makers who make the films they want to make. Some are good. Some are bad. Some are happy. Some are sad. Some are realistic. Some are fantasy. Some are accurate. Some are not accurate.

    March 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jack

    Are you guys that seriously stupid?

    March 7, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Major X

    I'm there with Greg. I can't think of any great examples of the film industry exploiting troops. Maybe Jack is confusing HOLLYWOOD and MEDIA (cough... cough... Fox News... cough).

    March 7, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. greg

    @Jack – has Hollywood been screwing over soldiers in the past? Enlighten me, please.

    March 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack

    B.S. Sarver very much wants "Hurt Locker" to succeed. The more money the movie makes, the more money he can get in court. And more power to him. It's high time soldiers started screwing over Hollywood for a change.

    March 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |

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