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Jesse Eisenberg

'30 Mins or Less' INFURIATES

Friends of REAL Bomb Victim

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

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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.

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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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91.

disinter    

Everyone who rambles on about "I don't care what happened to him because he was in on it" are completely missing the mark. This movie isn't going to hurt wells, it's going to hurt his family and friends who loved him. They didn't do anything wrong.

1135 days ago
92.

some guy    

I gotta give these guys credit. Pretty ballsy to have people compare this movie to what happened to that poor guy IRL.

1135 days ago
93.

Jason    

Does anyone know how any of Ben Stiller, Jesse eisenberg, or Aziz Ansaris relatives died so I can make a joke out of it and profit off it ?

1135 days ago
94.

Dave    

I*****uy is stupid enough to let someone place a bomb around his neck and rob a bank? Then he's stupid enough to be made fun of...... that's just natural selection working.

1135 days ago
95.

Joe    

Here is the movie plot from IMDB:

"Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else...."

Do you think this sounds just a BIT like the Brian Wells story?

1135 days ago
96.

Cocoa Bunny    

so that is who 1000 ways to die did a story about...

1135 days ago
97.

daftshadow    

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

This is straight bullcrap!

1135 days ago
98.

lynn    

He adds, "Doesn't Brian have a right to die?"

Um, he already did. Also,

"They're blowing something up that should never have even happened in the first place"

You're just helping the jokes write themselves, moron.

1135 days ago
99.

cc    

I see the connection but do not believe it is intentional.
Out of a crazy morbid curiosity I searched for this video.....
I found it rather quickly......
I watched it........
I regre*****ching it.....
I'll never get that horrible image out of my head and i'm not even easily bothered....
If you are curious, just leave it at that and move on, you don't need to see it..

1135 days ago
100.

Ya Mon    

Am I missing something did'nt the article say Brian(victim) concocted the plan with some friends? So his jackass plan went wrong, whats the problem? he contributed to his own demise, not to mention endangering others and wasting $ for the emergency services on the scene.

1135 days ago
101.

Hoopee    

You know you could give every American $100,000 and there would still be someone finding something to complain about. The movie is not even out yet, but magically people know it's disrespectful of the guy that died or of the situation. Some people need to get a life. When the "Green Lantern" came out, I didn't find it necessary to complain and fuss about a stupid comic book being made into an overpriced budget movie with no redeeming qualities. If you want to go see the movie, enjoy. If not, maybe you can watch the television coverage on youtube of your friend being an idiot and agreeing to put a real bomb around his neck in the first place to try to pocket a few bucks.

1135 days ago
102.

AntiSocialForum.com    

Better to be pissed off than pissed on, unless you're German and into that sort of thing.

1135 days ago
103.

TheShatnerIncident    

Wow, these people need to just get over it. Seriously. Stop being an attention whore. Sad that your loved one died and all, but we don't care about him. No care whatsoever. We want to laugh, you jackass. We have enough drama and sadness floating around without you being a Debbie Downer that just can't move the hell on. Douchebags.

1135 days ago
104.

Anon    

Every time I see the trailer for this movie, I feel uncomfortable. I remember that story and how they never seemed sure what happened. It doesn't play funny to me at all.

1135 days ago
105.

sPaNkdEnALgAs    

"Years later, federal prosecutors alleged Brian concocted the plan with several other people."

STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES!!!

1135 days ago
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