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Jesse Eisenberg‘s 30 Minutes or Less is a comedy, but is based on actual events that are no laughing matter. The actor says he didn’t know the plot was based on a real incident, but says his film is very different.

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In 30 Minutes or Less, Jesse plays a pizza-delivery boy who is kidnapped, forced to wear a vest of explosives and told to rob a bank before he blows up.

While Jesse and his co-star Aziz Ansari‘s film makes the plot a comedy, the event mimicked a real incident in which the victim, however, died.

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“The truth is, our movie is so different,” Jesse tells GQ magazine in a new interview. “Yeah. I didn’t know there was a germ of a story attached to it. Um. I don’t think anybody did, except the writers.”

And the answer seems sincere, especially after Jesse reveals to GQ that he’s a pretty sensitive guy.

“I cried every day of first grade,” the 27-year-old actor shared. “In class. Which meant I ended up getting comfortable emoting in a place where it wasn’t the norm.”

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