'30 Minutes or Less,' a comedy very obviously inspired by the quite horrifying demise of pizza delivery man Brian Wells, is under a bit of scrutiny after TMZ wrote about how INFURIATED Wells' friends are about the whole thing. In 2003, Wells was allegedly part of a bank-robbing conspiracy that required him to wear a bomb locked to his body, much as Jesse Eisenberg's character does in the movie, which opens Friday. Wells, quite understandably, tried to back out of the plot once he realized that the bomb was quite real. (For those interested, Wired has a fascinating look at this story and Jen Yamato over at Movieline breaks down the key similarities between the film and the real-life events.) Earlier this week, Sony responded to the controversy by issuing a statement that read, "Neither the filmmakers nor the stars of 30 Minutes or Less were aware of this crime prior to their involvement in the film. The writers were vaguely familiar with what had occurred and wrote an original screenplay that does not mirror the real-life tragedy." O.K.?
Sorry, but I find that hard to believe. "Filmmakers or stars" pretty much includes everyone connected with the movie. But maybe that statement is correct? Maybe the film isn't quite as close to real life events as we think they are? Let's at least try to look at things from their perspective (and God have mercy on my soul).