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Jon Hamm & 'Richard Jewell' Cast Respond To Backlash Over Film at Atlanta Screening!

The cast of Clint Eastwood‘s movie Richard Jewell are defending Olivia Wilde‘s role!

While attending the Atlanta screening of Richard Jewell at Rialto Center for the Arts on Tuesday (December 10), the cast spoke out for the first time since the Atlanta Journal Constitution called the film “defamatory.”

In the film, Olivia Wilde portrays AJC reporter Kathy Scruggs offering to trade sex with FBI agent John Shaw for the name of their prime suspect in the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta, Richard Jewell.

Jon Hamm, who plays Tom Shaw in the movie, called the comments ridiculous: “It’s my understanding that the people making these accusations haven’t seen the film yet. I kind of feel like the irony in that is sort of ridiculous. Kathy is portrayed by Olivia in this film as she was, which is an incredibly nuanced individual. To reduce her to this one thing is not fair,” he said (via 11 Alive). “I think that there were certainly suggestions of impropriety with her character, but there are also some suggestions of impropriety with the character that I play and that’s part of the tragedy of this story.”

Paul Walter Hauser, who stars as Jewell, didn’t appear to be concerned by the backlash.

“I think the feeling is that it sorta came out of nowhere,” Paul explained. “This project has been around for about 5 years. It was a very famous screen play. It had Leo (Leonardo DeCaprio) attached to it at some point. They could have done their digging. It was the last minute decision by the AJC, and while I appreciate their opinion I’m not going to let it be a shrouded or shadow over the celebration of this moment for the Jewell family.”

Jon Hamm and Paul were joined at the event by their co-stars Kathy Bates, Sam Rockwell, Franco Castan and Josh Henry, director Clint Eastwood, Jewell‘s real-life mother Barbara “Bobi” Jewell and Watson Bryant Jr., real-life attorney and friend of Richard Jewell.

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Sam Rockwell Tells 'Kimmel' He Had To Get Security Checked at the Airport Because of His Oscar!

Sam Rockwell paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night (December 5) and told a hilarious story about going through airport security with his Oscar award.

The 51-year-old actor won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and had to travel with his Oscar to go back home.

“I checked it on the carry-on and actually I got stopped for a random check. A very young woman, maybe 20, took it out of the bag and swabbed it,” Sam recalled. “She took it out of bag and she had the swab with no expression. I was like, ‘really? that’s it. That’s all I get?’ I don’t think she knew what it was. It makes me think well we really do live in a Hollywood bubble, some people don’t know about them.”

Sam also talked about dancing with Madonna at her Oscars after party, working with Clint Eastwood on his new movie Richard Jewell, and his real friendship with Christopher Walken.

READ MORE: Laura Dern, Sam Rockwell, & Ava DuVernay Receive Special Tribute Prizes at Gotham Awards 2019!

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Laura Dern, Sam Rockwell, & Ava DuVernay Receive Special Tribute Prizes at Gotham Awards 2019!

Sam Rockwell shows off his trophy in the press room at the 2019 IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday (December 2) at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

The 51-year-old Oscar-winning actor received a special Tribute Award at the event. Other recipients of Tribute Awards included Laura Dern and filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who posed for a photo together inside the event.

Laura was joined at the event by the directors of her two movies this season, Little Women‘s Greta Gerwig and Marriage Story‘s Noah Baumbach. The two directors just so happen to be partners in real life!

Noah won the award for Best Screenplay and Marriage Story took home the Audience Award.

Laura also posed with her kids Ellery and Jaya on the red carpet!

FYI: Laura is wearing a Fendi dress. Ava is wearing a Lela Rose dress and Atelier Swarovski jewelry. Greta is wearing a Temperley London dress.

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Jon Hamm & Sam Rockwell Premiere 'Richard Jewell' at AFI Fest 2019

Jon Hamm and Sam Rockwell suit up for the premiere of Richard Jewell on Wednesday night (November 20) at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.

Joining the guys at the premiere held during the 2019 AFI Fest included fellow cast members Kathy Bates, Paul Walter Hauser, and Ian Gomez along with director Clint Eastwood.

The film follows American security guard, Richard Jewell, who heroically saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is unjustly vilified by journalists and the press who falsely report that he was a terrorist.

Richard Jewell will be released in theaters on December 13 – watch the trailer here!

20+ pictures inside of the cast at the premiere…More Here! »

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Taika Waititi & Sam Rockwell Get a Little Frisky at 'Jojo Rabbit' NYC Screening

Taika Waititi and Sam Rockwell grab each other while sharing an embrace at the Jojo Rabbit tastemaker screening event on Saturday (October 19) at the Crosby Hotel Screening Room in New York City.

The guys were joined at the event by young co-stars Roman Griffin Davis and Thomasin McKenzie, as well as producer Carthew Neal.

Jojo Rabbit is now playing in limited release. Only five theaters in the country are showing the movie this weekend and the movie is on track to earn over $415,000 at the box office, for a great per-screen average of $83,000. This will give the movie the third best opening weekend per-screen average of the year.

FYI: Sam is wearing a Cotton Citizen t-shirt.

40+ pictures inside of the Jojo Rabbit stars at the event… More Here! »

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Scarlett Johansson & Taika Waititi Join 'Jojo Rabbit' Cast at L.A. Premiere!

Rebel Wilson, Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie, and Taika Waititi walk the red carpet at the premiere of their movie Jojo Rabbit on Tuesday (October 15) at Post 43 in Los Angeles.

Also in attendance were co-stars Roman Griffin Davis, Sam Rockwell, Alfie Allen, Stephen Merchant, and Archie Yates. In addition to starring in the movie, Taika also wrote and directed it!

Some of the celebs who stepped out to check out the film included Minnie Driver, Aubrey Plaza, and Patton Oswalt with wife Meredith Salenger.

Jojo Rabbit opens in limited release on Friday, October 18!

FYI: Scarlett is wearing a Miu Miu outfit. Rebel is wearing a Badgley Mischka dress. Thomasin is wearing a Jason Wu Collection dress and Mizuki jewelry. Taika is wearing an Etro suit. Sam is wearing an Acne Studios suit jacket, trousers, and shirt. Alfie is wearing Celine by Hedi Slimane. Guests enjoyed Casamigos cocktails at the after party.

45+ pictures inside of the Jojo Rabbit cast at the L.A. premiere… More Here! »

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