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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

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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With all the things going in regards to suicide bombers killing our Soldiers and Marines, this movie is in very bad taste.

1171 days ago


This is just plain stupid. It's well known that this guy was involved in the whole scheme, get over it. When will TMZ stop reporting what every crackpot has to say?

1171 days ago

joey _ I love TMZ 'til ya piss me off!    

I can see both sides, but you can never please everybody.

1171 days ago


I adore Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson. These two make bad taste look sexy :)

1171 days ago


so, i*****uy is killed by a gun, that automatically entails families of gun death victims to bitch about it? I really doubt this idea was based off this real story. That being said, the people really have no reason to bitch.

1171 days ago


and @ nikki: more people are killed by guns than bombs, this movie was made nearly ten years after 9/11, it's time to stop thinking anytthing involving bombs is in bad taste.

1171 days ago


You gotta be under a rock not to have heard about the real life case. These writers are disgusting and so is the studio that put out this crapfest. Making jokes about this poor man's death is one of the sickest things I've ever heard. And are these idiot stars so removed from society that no one, like their agents or managers, told them this was a career squelcher? Oh well for them.

1171 days ago


That's what he gets for being a part of a stupid scheme like that. Moron. He did it to himself so no one should feel sorry for him being mocked.

1170 days ago

Trademark Application    

This has not been a good summer for the R-rated comedy, which takes another hit with 30 Minutes or Less. So far the box office has not reflected the increasingly lower standards and lukewarm to poor reviews garnered by these films. But if the 3D phenomenon is any guide, where expectations have repeatedly be dashed, to continually subject even a pretty undemanding public to lame, witless comedies sprinkled with four-letter words and mildly suggestive sexuality may turn R into a red flag for rubbish.

1170 days ago


BS! That was all over the cable news! Columbia Pictures is just trying to cover their ass in case they get sued. A court of law never convicted Brian Wells of a crime. The feds are only going by the testimony of one of the co-conspirators that got cut a deal. So, the family of this guy could easily sue Columbia Pictures!

1170 days ago


So every time a film is made about a murder, or a bank robbery, or a kidnapping, they need to pander to those who have felt pain from those crimes? No way.

1170 days ago


sometimes art immitates life and the other way around. i just have to say this is a far concept of a movie then the retelling of a already made movie or whatever

1170 days ago


Since the first commercial I have been wanting to see this movie. I have no sympathy for the guy who blew himself up. If he robbed a bank and cops shot him would his friends/family whine about every movie and tv series with that premise? No, when he chose to commit the crime, he chose the consequence. Now the Aussie teen id have some sympathy for if she was uncomfortable with it.

1170 days ago

some guy    

Eh... never really like Aziz. Always took him as an annoying Indian guy who talked too much. Thinks he's too cool for the room.
Didn't really think this movie was gonna be that funny, anyways. When I saw the "jokes" that were made on the commercials I was kinda unimpressed.

1170 days ago


I don't think the writers wrote that movie based on what happen to Brian.

1170 days ago
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