Former agent injured in roadside blast
Former Hollywood agent Patrick Dollard, who is shooting a documentary series in Iraq, was wounded Feb. 18 while on combat patrol with U.S. Marines in the city of Ramadi. The two soldiers sitting next to him in the back seat of their Humvee were killed in the IED strike.Last year, Dollard resigned as Steven Soderbergh’s longtime agent in order to produce and direct “Young Americans,” which depicts what life is like for Marines on the ground in Iraq’s war-torn Sunni Triangle. Dollard was thrown from the Humvee in the improvised explosive device attack, suffering neck injuries, a concussion and shrapnel wounds to his left leg, including ligament and muscle damage. The four-vehicle patrol was ambushed around 11 p.m. local time. Dollard was treated and released from an area hospital within 24 hours. He is in good condition and already back at work, according to his reps. Strike came one month after ABC News co-anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt, embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq, were injured in an IED strike against the vehicle in which they was traveling. “I do not feel traumatized by being blown up, but by the passing of Lt. Almar Fitzgerald and Corp. Matthew Conley. I was profiling them both, captured by their spirit and humanity. We faced danger on a daily basis, and they took care of me,” Dollard said in a statement. The strike was captured on videotape by Dollard. His camera, also thrown from the vehicle, was not damaged, allowing Dollard to continue filming throughout the ambush, which lasted about an hour. Dollard, working without a crew, has spent a total of seven months shooting in Iraq. Of the Marines he has filmed, more than 50 have been killed. Dollard had escaped injury until the Feb. 18 event. Dollard is designing the docu series for cable TV, although it isn’t set up at a network yet.