",It all helped to mentally step into the character who talked a big game, especially in the scenes where Eckhart (true story) told an incredulous Sawyer he was educated in "counterespionage and counterterrorism" with extensive research in "terrorism trends and profiles.”,"Shawn realized early in life he was not the guy who would jump out of helicopters. At the time of the attack, the couple were together and still referred to each other as husband and wife. He was 40.Formerly Shawn Eckardt, Griffith served 14 months for his role in the 1994 attack on Harding’s Olympic rival, Nancy Kerrigan.Griffith died Wednesday of natural causes, according to the Washington County Medical Examiner’s Office.But the state has not received the exact reason for the death from the private physician handling the case, officials said.Griffith, of Beaverton, was Harding’s bodyguard as the Portland-born skater competed for a spot on the U.S. Olympic figure skating team in 1994. "People had fun watching me because no one really knows who I am, seeing someone they didn't know pull that role off," says Hauser. Former Tonya Harding bodyguard dies at 40 Originally published December 15, 2007 at 12:00 am Updated December 15, 2007 at 2:32 pm Brian Sean Griffith, the former bodyguard to Tonya Harding, has died. "But they got me. Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were at the center of a media storm in 1994 for one of the biggest scandals ... he conducted an interview with ... Eckhardt worked as Harding's bodyguard.

(AP Photo),DETROIT, IL - JANUARY 7: Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan smiles as she takes her seat for a news conference 07 January 1994 following being attacked after practice for the 1994 U.S. Gillooly surrendered at the FBI office in Portland shortly after a warrant for his arrest was issued. ',FILES, NORWAY - DECEMBER 15: US figure skaters Tonya Harding (L) and Nancy Kerrigan avoid each other during a training session 17 February in Hamar, Norway, during the Winter Olympics. KERRIGAN FINISHED IN SECOND PLACE. Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were at the center of a media storm in 1994 for one of the biggest scandals ... he conducted an interview with ... Eckhardt worked as Harding's bodyguard. Getty Shawn Eric Eckardt, bodyguard of figure skater Tonya Harding, walks handcuffed into jail after being arrested and charged with conspiracy in … Moments later Harding interrupted her program because of problems with her skates. In July, he was sentenced to two years in prison after publicly apologizing to Kerrigan – even though, he said, "any apology coming from me rings hollow.
".On June 29, the USFSA disciplinary panel met for nine hours over two days to consider Harding's alleged role in the attack.The attack and the scandal surrounding it was depicted in the 2017 film,Cobo Arena, the site of the attack, pictured here in 2007,1994 United States Figure Skating Championships,United States Figure Skating Championships,"Third Suspect Arrested by F.B.I. (COLOR KEY: Harding has yellow) (Photo credit should read VINCENT AMALVY/AFP/Getty Images),PORTLAND, OR - JANUARY 27: U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding reads from a prepared text 27 January 1994 during a press conference at the Multnomah County Athletic Club, Oregon. He was the guy who hired the tough guy.

(Photo credit should read MICHAEL SAMOJEDEN/AFP/Getty Images),25 FEB 1994: NANCY KERRIGAN OF THE USA IN ACTION DURING THE FIGURE SKATING COMPETITION AT THE 1994 WINTER OLYMPICS IN LILLEHAMMER. Mandatory Credit: Tim Defrisco/ALLSPORT,Jeff Gillooly second from left, ex husband to figure Skater Tonya Harding sits with his attorney Ron Hoevet, left, while Shane Minoaka Stant, right, is led in to Multnomah country circuit court in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1994 for their arraignment in connection with the assault on skater Nancy Kerrigan. Mandatory Credit: Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT,PORTLAND, : U.S. figure skating champion Tonya Harding (R) listens to her coach Diane Rawlinson during a practice session early 18 January 1994 in Portland, Oregon.

Mandatory Credit: Chris Cole/ALLSPORT,USA's Tonya Harding of Portland, Ore., tries to compose herself after a late start to her free skating program, Friday, February 25, 1994 in Hamar, Norway. 1994). Olympian resigns","USFSA's decision regarding Tonya Harding","Review: 'I, Tonya.'

Kerrigan was hit on the knee in January 1994 during the US Olympic Trials and it was later learned that Harding's ex-husband and bodyguard masterminded the attack in hopes of improving Harding's chances at the US Trials and the Olympics.