Although it might not be the most controversial news (which certainly isn’t a bad thing), Jake Gyllenhaal had something to say the other day about Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings that Gyllenhaal plays in the upcoming film Stronger, that is sure make to warm your heart.
People have been calling for Jake Gyllenhaal to play a superhero for quite some time with many pleading for him to take on the role of the Joker. However, Gyllenhaal claims that he has finally played a superhero in his upcoming film Stronger where he plays a man who lost his legs in the tragic Boston Marathon bombings a few years ago. Gyllenhaal had this to say:
“I’ve been asked over my career, in interviews, ‘We hear you almost played this superhero, when are you going to make a superhero movie?’ I feel like I finally kind of have.” He would later say, “Being open and allowing his story to be told — which is profound vulnerability — that makes him [Bauman] one of the strongest people I know.”
The movie, Stronger, is an adaptation of Bauman’s memoir and depicts the aftermath of the incident and how he recovered. The film has already been released in select theaters and will be expanded into more territories in the coming weeks.
Coming off of 2016’s Patriots Day, more of people’s stories from the bombings are coming to light, including Bauman’s. It’s definitely a worthy cause to see these people benefit as others continue to heal from the tragic events. One can only hope that these stories are handled with grace like the stories in Patriots Day and Stronger.
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