Nicolas Chartier’s behavior is even weirder than you thought

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One of the curious tidbits to emerge from the filing of a Michigan lawsuit by Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver -- a soldier who claims defamation, invasion of privacy and other offenses against ‘The Hurt Locker’ -- is the below e-mail from embattled ‘Hurt Locker’ producer Nicolas Chartier.

Chartier is responding to a lawyer for Sarver, who was forwarding correspondence between the production and the soldier.


We could offer comment on the many oddities of Chartier’s reply -- not least of which is the fact that the cited ‘Will James’ is, of course, the main character in his film -- but all jokes would be redundant. We’ve yet to hear back from Chartier.

-- Steven Zeitchik


From: Nicolas Chartier
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 8:07 PM
To: Todd Weglarz
Subject: RE: Sgt Sarver / The Hurt Locker
Hi I’m sorry I’ve never heard of sergeant sarver/will james. I don’t understand is he an actor named will james or jeffrey sarver, I just looked on internet movie database and neither are in the film. I can google but maybe you can tell me who is he and why he’s not happy? Everyone says it’s one of the best movies of the year, did he just not like the popcorn when he watched the movie? I haven’t taken any grossly unfair action against him, I’ve never heard of him. what negative impact, who’s that man? Did I steal his girlfriend? Never heard of him.

best regards,
Nicolas Chartier
Voltage Pictures, LLC

From: Todd Weglarz
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:53 PM
To: Nicolas Chartier
Subject: Sgt Sarver / The Hurt Locker
Importance: High

Dear Mr. Chartier:
Attached please find correspondence regarding Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver (“Will James”) & The Hurt Locker. Thank you for your attention to this matter.