‘Richard Jewell’ Star on Olivia Wilde Role: ‘There Are Casualties in Storytelling Just Like in Real Life’

The last two weeks have been complicated for “Richard Jewell.” Clint Eastwood’s dramatization of the security guard who saved lives at the Centennial Olympic Park bombing during the Atlanta Games of 1996, only to find himself targeted by the FBI and the media as a suspect, became an immediate awards season contender following its AFI Fest premiere.

Instant Oscar buzz circulated around Paul Walter Hauser as the title character, while Kathy Bates has already scored a Golden Globe nomination for playing his mother.At the same time, the movie has weathered backlash over its portrayal of Kathy Scruggs, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter played by Olivia Wilde, for implying that the late journalist traded sex for intel from an FBI source (Jon Hamm).With “Jewell” opening nationwide today, Wilde recently addressed concerns about her portrayal in a series of Twitter posts, and Hauser defended the depiction today in an interview with IndieWire.

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