brian-mcgee - October 4, 2019
If there's one thing that really boils Clint Eastwood's blood, it's meddling government officials and the gol durn lyin' news media. It makes sense, then, that Eastwood would be at the helm of a film about a man that fell victim to both of those things, Richard Jewell, who was falsely accused of planting of a bomb that exploded in Olympic Village during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Jewell was more or less vilified in the media and became synonymous with this tragedy despite the fact that in actuality, he discovered the bomb and saved lives by ushering people away from the area. Jewell himself died in 2004 before the actual bomber was finally brought to justice the following year. I, Tonya's Paul Walter Hauser stars as Jewell, while my boo Sam Rockwell takes on the role of his beleaguered attorney, with Jon Hamm, Kathy Bates, Olivia Wilde, and a bunch of other familiar faces also on hand.
The film itself is based on a Vanity Fair article from the late 90s titled The Ballad of Richard Jewell, and which you can read by clicking here. Unless you want to wait for the movie, which is totally your prerogative. I wonder how many threesomes Richard Jewell will have in the movie, since Eastwood is newly obsessed with them judging by The Mule.
Richard Jewell hits theaters on December 13.