During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, security guard Richard Jewell discovers a suspicious backpack under a bench in Centennial Park. With little time to spare, he helps to evacuate the area until the incendiary device inside the bag explodes. Hailed as a hero who saved lives, Jewell’s own life starts to unravel when the FBI names him the prime suspect in the bombing.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Budget: $45 million
Box office: $43.7 million
Los Angeles Premiere
When: Wednesday 20th November 2019
Where: TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
When: Tuesday 10th December 2019
Where: Rialto Center for the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia
- The film is based on the true story of Richard Jewell’s heroic acts in saving many lives from a ticking bomb during the 1996 Olympics.
- Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill were originally set to produce and star in the film with Hill filling the role of Richard Jewell and DiCaprio playing Jewell’s lawyer Watson Bryant. However, the two later decided not to star in the film and just served as producers instead.
- The concerts and bombing scenes were filmed in the same spot of the real incident at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. The bombing scene was also filmed on the 23rd anniversary of the real-life tragedy.
- Paul Walter Hauser had to gain 25lbs for the role of Richard Jewell.
- Before Clint Eastwood came on board to direct, Paul Greengrass and David O. Russell were considered as directors.