For decades now, Hollywood has always thrived on taking a true story and adapting it for the big screen, with some of these projects failing to really capture these real events, while others have gone on to become absolute masterpieces. Following the horrific events of the Boston Marathon bombings, there were a few movie projects lined up to focus on it, including the new movie Stronger.
In Stronger, Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal plays the role of the real life survivor Jeff Bauman, who went on to release a memoir about the events that took place. Jake has now been talking about being involved in such an emotional project, admitting that there were times during the shooting of Stronger that he actually found things quite difficult.
Gyllenhaal explained, "I am playing a guy who survived and thrived, and some part of acting is wish fulfilment, in that you believe you are like the characters you are playing. But I realised I didn't think I'd have been able to do what Jeff did. And so there was always this extraordinary doubt and fraudulence in my mind as I was exploring the role. Then, about halfway through shooting, I realised I was being very tough on myself and doubting myself."
He added, "It was exactly how Jeff felt. He doubted himself and his own masculinity. When we first met, Jeff wasn't very forthright about his feelings. He was drinking and partying and not really coming to terms with what had happened. He talks a lot about it now but it took him a long time. Jeff is a complicated human being but he is always laughing. That's the biggest thing I took away from this."
Stronger was released earlier in the year in the US and will finally hit the big screen in the UK on December 8.