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‘Richard Jewell' star Paul Walter Hauser eager to shed a new light on hero-turned-suspect who found bombs at 1996 Olympics

Added 12-09-19 09:13:02am EST - “The security guard who saved lives by discovering three pipe bombs at the 1996 Olympics before becoming the focus of the FBI's investigation wasn't looking to become a hero, but was thrust into the spotlight nonetheless when his case…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “‘Richard Jewell’ star Paul Walter Hauser eager to shed a new light on hero-turned-suspect who found bombs at 1996 Olympics”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The security guard who saved lives by discovering three pipe bombs at the 1996 Olympics before becoming the focus of the FBI’s investigation wasn’t looking to become a hero, but was thrust into the spotlight when his case commanded such intense media scrutiny that it changed his life.

Jewell, played by Paul Walter Hauser, was ultimately exonerated, but only after many wrongly speculated that he planted the bombs himself. The saga is now the subject of the new “Richard Jewell” movie.

“This is one of those pivotal, vital stories that needs to be told so that people know that this can happen to anyone,” Hauser told the Daily News on Thursday. “We can all be cornered and victimized and bullied by someone who’s trying to take our contextual clues of our personality or appearance, the circumstantial, and trying to make that evidence to fit their narrative. That’s very scary.”

The real Jewell was stationed at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park the night of July 27, 1996, when he noticed a suspicious backpack underneath a bench and alerted authorities. He and others managed to clear much of the area before the explosion, which killed one person and injured 111 others. A cameraman also died after suffering a heart attack while rushing to the scene.

The new movie focuses on that night and the subsequent FBI investigation that was covered heavily by the media and flipped Jewell’s previously quiet life upside-down.

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