In 2004, four friends from Kentucky staged a wild book heist at Transylvania University — using old-man disguises and a stun pen on a librarian, and driving away in the minivan owned by one of their moms.
They were caught. They were eachin prison.
But now, 14 years later, the movie “” has captured their crazy caper on the big screen.
The movie stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, and Blake Jenner, but also features their real-life counterparts (Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk, and Chas Allen) in the movie.
In this exclusive commentary clip, the four real thieves share commentary during the first failed heist scene, discussing their own “wrong decisions,” and the consequences of their actions.
:Here’s the full plot synopsis:
“American Animals is the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.
The film centers around two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky. Spencer (Barry Keoghan), is determined to become an artist but feels he lacks the essential ingredient that unites all great artists – suffering. His closest friend, Warren (Evan Peters), has also been raised to believe that his life will be special, and that he will be unique in some way.
But as they leave the suburbs for universities in the same town, the realities of adult life begin to dawn on them and with that, the realization that their lives may in fact never be important or special in any way.
Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they plan the brazen theft of some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of Spencer’s college Library.
Enlisting two more friends, accounting major Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas (Blake Jenner), and taking their cues from heist movies, the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen artworks. Although some of the group begin to have second thoughts, they discover that the plan has seemingly taken on a life of its own.
Unfolding from multiple perspectives, and innovatively incorporating the real-life figures at the heart of the story, writer-director Bart Layton (The Imposter) takes the heist movie into bold new territory.”
“American Animals” is now playing in theaters.
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