– by Seth McDonald

In an article from The Washington Post, Georgetown law professor and former bank robber, Shon Hopwood, describes what it was like to see his former profession play out on screen, in the Al Pacino/Robert DeNiro gangster flick, Heat:

“Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight and a whole bunch of other characters are a group of professional thieves, and it all leads to a bank robbery and shootout. The big bank robbery scene in downtown L.A. is just sprawling. They must have blocked off half the city. But no heist movies are like real life. They glamorize robbing banks and then 20-year-olds like me in the 1990s watch and think it’s a glamorous lifestyle.”

Movies can be motivate us, it is likely that Indiana Jones has inspired folks to become archeologists, and that Top Gun was a great recruiting tool for the U.S. Navy. Unfortunately, sometimes the motivation leads to bad ideas that were romanticized in films, such as bank robbery, or the gangster life in general.

Hopwood’s life story would make a great movie in itself. Hopwood pled guilty to bank robbery in 1998 and was sentenced to 12 years. While serving time, Hopwood became a popular around the prison and was known for preparing documents for other prisoners. Hopwood was released form prison in 2009, and by 2015 had became a licensed lawyer in Washington state.

What do you think about Hopwood’s story? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: The Washington Post

  • Victor Roa

    stylized…. yeah, yeah
    …… Michael Mann created Miami Vice, he literally created MTV culture. While Michael Bay was making Meatloaf music videos, Mann was too busy look at expensive hotels that overlook LA sunset to shoot while playing his ultimate playlist. It’s obvious Chris Nolan jerks off to Mann’s shots.
    sigh, that ending shooting out in Manhunter to In a Gada da Vida.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      To be fair who doesn’t jerk off to Val Kilmer.

      • Victor Roa

        and Tim Sizemore.

    • noahwayne0

      The great thing about that scene is its supposed to be DeNiro’s character’s house. Later in the movie he tells Pacino about a recurring dream he has about drowning as a metaphor for trying to do everything he wants to do while he has the time to do it.

      • Victor Roa

        yes yes yes yes yes YESSSSSSS, Stylized HELPS THE NARRATIVE!

  • Fallout Boy!

    So less than 10 years for a 12 year sentence and now he teaches liberal tripe to students? Typical liberal outlook. ‘Gawrsh, it wuz tha TV that made me do it!’
    Blame everything but yourself for your own actions. Generation Snowflake, afraid to commit, afraid to flirt, afraid to accept what they see in the mirror. Feeling entitled to others money, he justified his behavior with the actions of fictional characters played by actors who were paid more than he would ever be able to steal to pretend they were stealing.

    • Raoul Duke

      You’re ridiculous. Dude is over 40 years old. When did that generation become generation snowflake?

      • Kindofabigdeal

        Right after Fallout Boy! said it. Do try to keep up.

        • Fallout Boy!


      • Fallout Boy!

        Ok. He’s a social precursor to the Snowflake-generation. Their origins are not defined by a clear delineation in time and not every example of those attitudes or behaviours was exhibited by only those who gained notoriety in doing so. I guess there are plenty of examples of entitled behavior from boy-kings to Michael Skakel and Ted Kennedy. If he doesn’t fit the timeline, I’ll revise my commentary and call him an honorary Snowflake, or perhaps a Snowflake-Ancestor. I was deeply enamored of movies myself, so much that I got into the biz, and worked with Michael Mann as well on ‘Drug Wars: The Enrique Camarena Story’, but still, I never got into drug-dealing, gunfights, robbery, or felonious behavior. Go figure. Perhaps this cat does not fit the title, but he does fit the description.

    • TheFrank

      Criminal behavior is the result of physiological, psychological and sociological factors. Is criminal behavior bad? Yes it is. Should it be corrected on the individual level? Absolutely. Are there some criminals that are irredeemable with present rehabilitation methods? Yes there are and they should never be able to influence society.

      However, all societies are to blame for “crime” in general. The ol’ “Lock ’em up and throw away the key!” mentality does not work. It doesn’t work from a rehabilitation viewpoint. It doesn’t work from an economic standpoint. It doesn’t work from a societal viewpoint. It doesn’t work.

      A sense of “entitlement” usually occurs because you feel that a resource has been unfairly removed from your availability. You may have always had that resource and it was suddenly removed for a seemingly capricious reason. You may never have had that resource available to you because of a capricious reason while others had it.

      I once read a paper in the early 90s about how to resolve the illegal drug crisis in five major steps. It was a result of an international team of experts in various fields affected by the crisis. None of it involved legalization of illegal drugs. Instead, it had to do with the revamping of financial & human rights laws of over 80 separate countries. It was really eye-opening stuff. And, of course, it’s been completely ignored (for the most part) ever since.

  • Behemothrex

    Funny how the headline for this article is never mentioned IN the article.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      We come here to bash other fanboys, not to read the news.

      • Fallout Boy!

        True dat!

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Did he also kill a black prostitute like Wayne Gro?

  • J-man The Great

    “Hopwood became a popular around the prison and was known for preparing documents for other prisoners.” Are you sure is name isn’t Andy Dufresne?

  • noahwayne0

    I’m confused, the headline says the former bank robber thinks a certain movie is the best bank robbery movie………….yet his quote seems to contradict that.

    Is there another movie he is referring to?