Comedy fans are eagerly awaiting the release of this weekend's '30 Minutes or Less,' starring Jesse Eisenberg as a hapless pizza-delivery boy who gets sucked into an elaborate and dangerous plot when he is kidnapped by two inept criminals and forced to rob a bank for them while wearing a bomb strapped to his chest. With the help of his best friend, he must somehow pull off the bank job, avoid the cops and get out with his life intact -- as hilarious hijinks, inevitably, ensue.
But what many of those fans may not know is the true story behind the plot of '30 Minutes or Less'; in 2003, 46-year-old pizza-delivery man Brian Wells died while being detained by the police, when the bomb wrapped around his neck detonated. Wells frantically pleaded that he had been forced to rob the bank against his will, but years later, prosecutors alleged that he had been involved with the plan all along. The controversy surrounding the case has remained an open wound for friends and family of Brian Wells, and for them, the new movie constitutes a heaping pile of salt.
This past weekend, friends of Wells spoke to TMZ calling the movie "trash," which prompted Columbia Pictures to issue a statement reading: "Neither the filmmakers nor the stars of '30 Minutes or Less' were aware of this crime prior to their involvement in the film." Moviefone spoke with the film's director, Ruben Fleischer ('Zombieland'), who played down the link between '30 Minutes or Less' and the true story of Brian Wells.