"He had this good sense of right and wrong that almost naive, but beautiful..." - hmv.com talks to Paul Walter Hauser
When it comes to bringing real-life stories to the big screen, few directors could claim to have more experience than Clint Eastwood. In just the last decade, Eastwood has directed films on the subject of a former FBI director (J.Edgar), a heroic airline pilot (Sully) and a former military marksman (American Sniper), picking up dozens of awards and nominations along the way.
His latest film continues that tradition with the story of Richard Jewell, a security guard who saved dozens of lives when he discovered three pipe bombs in Atlanta's Centennial Park during the 1996 Olympics, only to find himself become the FBI's number one suspect, who begin to suspect he planted the bombs himself.
What followed was a brutal trial by media that saw Jewell transformed from hero to villain in the eyes of the public, only to be fully exonerated years later when the real bomber, Eric Rudolph, confessed to the bombing as part of a plea deal.
Eastwood's film arrives in cinemas this Friday (January 31st) and sees Paul Walter Hauser tackle the role of Jewell, starring alongside a cast that also includes Kathy Bates, Sam Rockwell, John Hamm and Olivia Wilde. Ahead of its release, we caught up with Hauser for a chat about working with Clint Eastwood and ensuring the legacy of a man who should be remembered as a hero.
Watch our interview below...