It’s common for a movie watcher to identify with a film character. But it’s far different for someone to feel like he or she is a film character.
When U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver saw “The Hurt Locker,” an award-winning film about an Army bomb squad in the Iraq War, he felt like he was watching his own life play out on screen. Sarver, who is a bomb-disposal expert, sued the filmmakers, claiming they used his likeness and personal experiences as the basis for one of the film’s characters, Will James.