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“Richard Jewell” actress speaks out, sides with film’s critics: “I did not have a say…”

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“Richard Jewell” actress speaks out, sides with film’s critics: “I did not have a say…”

The controversy surrounding the release of Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood’s latest film has gained momentum as actress Olivia Wilde, who stars as former Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs, aligned herself with some of the project’s loudest critics.

What “Richard Jewell” critics object to about the film is the onscreen depiction of Scruggs (who died in 2001), allegedly portrayed as having traded sex for tips regarding the FBI’s investigation into the Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Although the man himself was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, Richard Jewell’s nightmarish portrayal in the media as a suspect in the case was largely fueled by Scruggs’ reporting for the AJC.

In light of this portrayal, the ACJ has hired high-profile Hollywood attorney Martin D. Singer in an attempt to force the filmmakers to acknowledge their portrayal of Scruggs as an example of “artistic license,” as reported in The Wrap.

Some, including Slate journalist Mark Joseph Stern, have called for “Richard Jewell” to be boycotted over its controversial depiction of Scruggs:

As detailed by the Daily Mail, Clint Eastwood has since stood firmly by his cinematic effort, saying in part: ““… We’re telling our story. And I think I think we did a really good job.”

However, Wilde had a much different perpsective than the film’s director, taking to Twitter to explain her position:

Despite her own “research,” the Scruggs family claims Wilde never reached out to them in preparation for the role, according to the Daily Mail.

As “Richard Jewell” opens nationwide, we shall soon discover whether or not the controversy will serve to hinder or encourage its box office success.

Sources: The Daily Mail, The Wrap

Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff

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