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Jake Gyllenhaal's Boston Bombing Movie Screened at Hospital

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal premiered his new Boston Marathon bombing movie at the Massachusetts hospital where his real-life character was treated.
Sep 14, 2017 by: WENN


Jake Gyllenhaal's Boston Bombing Movie Screened at Hospital

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal premiered his new Boston Marathon bombing movie at the Massachusetts hospital where his real-life character was treated.

In the biopic, the Nightcrawler star portrays survivor Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the April 2013 bombings, and was the subject of a graphic viral photo, showing his badly injured limbs as he was being wheeled to an ambulance after the explosion, which killed three and left hundreds injured. 

The Boston native, who had been waiting at the finish line for his then-girlfriend, Erin Hurley, as she competed in the annual race, was rushed to the city's Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital for treatment, and on Tuesday, Bauman returned with Gyllenhaal to host a special screening of the film, titled Stronger, which is based on his 2014 memoir of the same name. 

Orphan Black actress Tatiana Maslany, who was cast as Erin, was also in attendance with Hurley herself, along with director David Gordon Green, producer Todd Lieberman, and writer John Pollono. 

Many of the medics who treated Bauman and nursed him through months of rehabilitation at the hospital were also invited to the event. 

At the premiere, Bauman told reporters he was "honored" to be played by Gyllenhaal, although the actor insisted the honor was all his because he was so moved by Jeff's story of strength and determination, according to The Associated Press. 

"No matter how hard I tried I would never really understand what Jeff has been through," he explained of how he approached the role. "I spent a lot of time with Jeff. There wasn't a moment that went by when we were filming that I wasn't thinking about (him)." 

Stronger opens later this month.