PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — In August 2003, Brian Wells of Erie went to deliver a pizza , was taken hostage, and forced to rob a bank with a live collar bomb strapped around his neck. While it was later determined that Wells was in on the plan, he allegedly didn’t know the bomb was real, and was killed when the bomb went off during a police standoff — and it happened on live TV.
Now, it appears that a new movie is making light of the case.
The new movie, “30 Minutes or Less,” is a buddy comedy about a pizza boy who is captured by two crooks who strap a bomb on him and force him to rob a bank or get blown up.
While this premise might be funny to some, others say this movie mocks a terrible chapter in Erie history that ended horribly.
Erie FBI investigator Jerry Clark stood just 30-feet away when the real bomb went off, and he’s writing a book about the event with Erie Times-News writer Ed Palatella. They tell KDKA-AM’s Larry Richert and John Shumway that they can’t believe anyone would make a comedy about a horrific real-life tragedy.
“I just find it hard to make the link between comedy and what happened that day,” said Clark.