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'30 Mins or Less' INFURIATES

Friends of REAL Bomb Victim

8/7/2011 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jesse Eisenberg
's new movie about a pizza delivery boy who's abducted, outfitted with a bomb, and forced to rob a bank ... is PISSING OFF friends of a man who was killed under VERY similar circumstances ... TMZ has learned.

The movie -- "30 Minutes or Less" -- is being promoted as a comedy flick. But back in 2003, nobody was laughing when 46-year-old pizza man Brian Wells DIED when a bomb strapped around his neck exploded after he tried to rob a bank.

Wells insisted he was abducted during a pizza delivery in Pennsylvania -- claiming the bombmaker locked an explosive device around his neck and ordered him to rob a bank.

Cops placed Wells in handcuffs ... but backed away from the guy when they realized the bomb was REAL. The bomb exploded while news cameras rolled ... and Wells was killed instantly.

Years later, federal prosecutors alleged Brian concocted the plan with several other people. One of the plotters insisted Brian was under the impression an actual bomb would NOT be used. 

TMZ spoke with one of Brian's closest friends who tells us he's outraged that Hollywood would mock Wells' death ... calling the movie "trash."

The friend tells us, "It's stupid the movie is even coming out ... producers can go jump in a lake for all I care!"
He adds, "Doesn't Brian have a right to die? They're blowing something up that should never have even happened in the first place and now they wanna make a joke out of it ... it's really tragic."

A rep for Columbia Pictures tells TMZ, "Neither the filmmakers nor the stars of '30 Minutes or Less' were aware of this crime prior to their involvement in the film."

The rep adds, "The writers were vaguely familiar with what had occurred and wrote an original screenplay that does not mirror the real-life tragedy. "


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wait a minute. this guy was a PART of the plot, he WILLINGLY placed it around his body and the friends are upset about a movie? If they weren't going to use the bomb why make it real? Dumbazzes

1140 days ago


sweet, next they will be making comedies about when people microwave their babies to death

1140 days ago


There have been movies made over and over again that I'm sure ANYONE can relate to something that happened in history, (more recently) to someone they know, to themselves. Prime example... someone said that "with all the things going in regards to suicide bombers killing our Soldiers and Marines, this movie is in very bad taste"... but why is it not "bad taste" when they make war movies that show Marines cheating on their wives, dying during duty, killing innocent woman and children? I am also sure that if you look it up, you'll find that this Brian person wasn't the only guy who's ever died this way (and from what the article said, he was in on the whole thing....)

People these days are $$ hungry, always trying to find a cause or a way to make a quick buck. You think this is the first movie people have bitched about?? I've read articles where people have protested everything from "Horton Hears a Who" (a children's movie!!) to more serious movies like "Passion of the Christ". EVERYTHING OFFENDS SOMEONE SOMEWHERE AND THERE IS NO WAY AROUND IT.

1140 days ago


It's hard to view Wells as a victim. From what I get, he would have participated in the bank robbery, bomb or not. He was a criminal who was double-crossed by his accomplices, nothing more, nothing less. Happens all the time. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword, or so it goes.

1140 days ago


When I first saw the trailer for the movie my thought was, "They are really making a comedy about this? This is based off of a true story. A man died this way. I cannot believe movie execs are so thoughtless." I have vowed to never watch this movie. I didn't even know Brian but I remember the story when it happened. It's sick that people are going to watch this and make fun of it. It also happened again in Australia just LAST WEEK. A teenage girl was found with a bomb around her neck in her own house. She had called police because she found this strange device and when they got there it was attached to her neck. Thankfully the police in Australia believed her unlike the incident with Brian, and they helped her before it was too late.

1140 days ago


What became of Hollywood imagination? Now, its just rehashes of everything thats already happened at least twice. Lack of real talent in Hollywood becomes more apparent every year. Its really rare to see a really good movie these days.

1140 days ago


I seriously doubt it was in any way, shape, or form inspired by that incident. Every single movie that's made could probably have similarities to real life events, people need to not take things so literally. If your friend died from a bomb explosion, then don't see movies that involve bombs. I'm pretty up to date on the news/world events and I've never heard about this, so it's very possible those who made the movie didn't, either. People have attempted to rob banks with bombs strapped to their chest MANY times, it's not like that guy was the only one who did it. People have robbed banks and been shot and killed MANY times, but you don't see the friends of those people complaining whenever a movie with a bank robbery comes out. It's a work of fiction, they need to get over themselves already.

1140 days ago


Oh boo ******* hoo. There's always going to someone out there that can somehow relate to a storyline in a movie.

1140 days ago


All everyone does in this country is bitch and moan about everything. No one said that this movie was based on a true story or was created because of that Brian incident. You all seem like brilliant minded creative people, how about you shut the **** up and start writing scripts that don't offend a single person in the united states. K?

1140 days ago


What makes this different from all the other "ripped from the headlines" storylines is the recent high-profile nature of the case and that the pizza guy was never found guilty of a crime. If they used another "bomber" besides a pizza guy to rob a bank, then they would be in the clear. But now, they risk a libel lawsuit. There is a reason why they put an "All persons fictitious..." disclaimer at the end of their movies. I guarantee you that you will not hear about a movie or TV show that tells about a "fictitious" mom that kills her 2-year-old daughter and then goes out partying for 31 days while telling a bunch of lies...not unless they pay-off Casey Anthony.

1140 days ago


Friggen crybabies!! Everyone wants to bitch about something. These people just want to sue someone. If their so pissed off about it why did they not speakout while it was being made? Cuz they wanted it made so they could extort money from the production...

1140 days ago


"It also happened again in Australia just LAST WEEK. A teenage girl was found with a bomb around her neck in her own house. She had called police because she found this strange device and when they got there it was attached to her neck. "

I don't see how that is relevant. It takes more than a week to make a movie...well, unless it's porn, that is. Really, if you're going to take this position, then should also argue that every horror movie should be banned because people get murdered everyday.

1140 days ago


I didnt knew that this was about a true story....we are not going to sponsor this movie and Ill make sure to tell everyone I can about this. Unbelievable!!!

1140 days ago


shut the f up this is not related to brian wells incident. Stop trying to relate everything that is fiction to real life. I'm going to watch this movie(even though its going to be bad).

1140 days ago


I live 30mins or so south of where this happened. The above link is from Erie, PA where it happened.

1140 days ago
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