West Memphis Three: Hollywood Reacts to Their Release
On Friday, the trio known as the West Memphis 3 were released after being incarcerated for 18 years for the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys who were found next to a muddy creek in the wooded Robin Hood Hills area of West Memphis, Ark.
Filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who made the Paradise Lost documentaries, were just a few of the people present at the time of the trio's release. “To see our work culminate in the righting of this tragic miscarriage of justice is more than a filmmaker could ask for," Berlinger said in a statement.
Natalie Maines and Eddie Vedder were among those who were also present in Arkansas on Friday. Maines, Vedder, Johnny Depp, Peter Jackson and Jack Black participated in Berlinger and Sinofsky's documentaries. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, the duo's third film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month, with a different ending.
Here are some of Hollywood's reactions to the West Memphis 3's release on Friday:
Dixie Chicks lead singer Maines, who was present when the trio was set free, wrote, "Beautiful things went down in Arkansas today. Beautiful beautiful things."
"WestMemphis3 to b freed after 18 yrs!!! 18 yrs of their lives STOLEN from them. Saved by a documentary! Thank u JoeBerlinger & BruceSinofsky," documentary filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted.
Musician Henry Rollins wrote, "WEST MEMPHIS THREE. FIND OUT ALL YOU CAN. BIG DAY."
"The West Memphis 3 being freed is easily the most exciting non-Kardashian related news this week!," Hop co-writer Brian Lynch said.
Locke & Key comic writer Joe Hill was happy justice was finally served after 18 years. "The West Memphis three just got cut loose. What a great thing," he tweeted on Friday afternoon.
Comedian Rob Delaney had a funnier reaction, "DON'T YOU DARE tell me real news, TMZ," after finding out the news from the celebrity website.
It was a hot topic among Hollywood types even before Friday morning. Patton Oswalt, who appears in the upcoming A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas, urged for West Memphis 3 to be released, on Thursday: "West Memphis 3 get surprise hearing. LET THEM GO ALREADY, ARKANSAS."
Gerry Duggan, a comic book writer, summed up the U.S.' recent developments in a few short sentences hours before West Memphis 3 were freed. "Bin laden dead. Whitey Bulger found. West Memphis 3 free. Feels like America has been cancelled & the loose plot lines are being tied up," he wrote.