Mother wants apology from “Zero Dark Thirty” director for using son’s last words on 9/11 without permission

Posted at 2:53 PM, Feb 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-01 14:07:57-05

“Zero Dark Thirty” may have won an Oscar for sound editing, but if producers had consulted with Mary Fetchet, chilling moments at the beginning of the film  would have been edited out.

Fetchet, whose 24-year-old son Brad was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, said she wasn’t home when he called her from the 89th floor of the south tower, and his last words recorded in a phone message to her were used in the movie without the family’s permission.


“We were shocked because we were never contacted by the producer,” Fetchet said.  “I guarantee if they had approached us in advance of the film to use Brad’s recording, it would have been an absolute no.   And so, to take that decision making process away from me and my family, it’s a violation.”

Brad Fetchet

Brad Fetchet was killed in the south tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

The movie about the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden, opens with a black screen over a montage of the voices of 9/11 victims making their heartrending phone calls.

A representative from Sony Pictures Entertainment which distributed the film issued a statement which reads in part:

“…filmmakers, beginning before the film’s release, initiated contact with a number of family members of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, including some whose voices can be heard on publicly released tapes.  We hope that Zero Dark Thirty is, in some small way, a tribute to those forever affected by the events of 9/11…”

Mary Fetchet asked Sony for a donation to the organization she founded, Voices of September 11th, for using her son’s recording.  She has yet to receive one.

She also wants an apology for the film’s director, Kathryn Bigelow.

“I want the movie industry to learn from it,” Fetchet said.  “I am going to take every step I can to make sure this doesn’t happen to the families of Newtown.”