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Nicolas Chartier's behavior is even weirder than you thought

March 3, 2010 |  2:42 pm

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.

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In the Times' efforts to portray Nicolas Chartier's emails as strange or in your earlier reporting as an untoward Oscar campaign, I'd remind you and your readers what a REAL Oscar campaign looks like. The Times did a nice piece on it at the time, but here's a YouTube mini-documentary about the 2005 campaign for the Best Original Musical category. In Oscar lore, that was a real campaign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gokaIG67Ek

Wow. Monsieur Chartier is certainly working in the right industry... the man knows how to entertain!

Just when you thought Chartier couldn't be any stupider... !!!

Doesn't seem too weird, quite easy to understand if you actually want to. Paraphrase:

"Are you saying that an actor from the film called Will James is upset because we gave a character his name, or that an actor called Jeffrey Sarver is upset for some other reason? Either way I couldn't have done what you say I've done because I've never heard of either of them."

Then, some clumsy girlfriend/popcorn nonsense that is quite fun to read out in a French accent. But basically he's stonewalling a (presumably) threatening email from the lawyers.

The guy's just being playful and he's pretty funny.

Every successful movie has the usual jerks who come out from under rocks with their limo-chasing "lawyers", like Fieger, and try to cash in. He's just looking for money to make him "go away". Here's hoping he gets a "Thank you for your service" letter and a coupon for free popcorn at Arclight.

How on earth do you, as a producer, not even recognize the name of a character in your own movie?! Defies explanation.


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