Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal has opened up about why the character he plays in upcoming film Stronger was one his most challenging roles yet.
Known for his performances in Donnie Darko and Brokeback Mountain, the actor will be gracing the silver screen again over the coming weeks in true life story Stronger, based on the memoir of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman.
Mr Bauman had been cheering in the crowds when the bomb exploded in 2013, causing him to lose both of his legs. The movie adaptation of Mr Bauman’s memoir follows his journey to recovery – both physically and mentally.
The actor, who is five years older than Mr Bauman, told the Metro that he found the role particularly challenging.
“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,” he said.
The breakthrough moment came when the actor understood that his self-doubt was just the way in which he could identify with the bombing victim.
“It was exactly how Jeff felt. He doubted himself and his own masculinity,” he added.
The actor worked to coax Mr Bauman’s feelings out and understand how he has come to terms with the experience of losing limbs and dealing with what happened in 2013. Mr Gyllenhaal’s acting skills have paid off, as his depiction has been well received by critics.
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