Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed the emotional aftermath he experienced after wrapping production on Stronger. The actor premiered the inspiring film, based on the life of Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Sept 8, and opened up about the difficult drive home he faced after cameras stopped rolling.
“I remember driving home from Boston to New York and this whole wave of the movie came rushing over me and I basically just cried the whole way home,” said the star during a chat with Maurie Sherman from KiSS 92.5’s Roz & Mocha Show.
He also opened up about the anxieties he faced prior to taking on the challenging role. “From the very beginning it felt fraudulent, like there was no way I’d get anywhere close to anything that [Jeff] went through,” he said, adding, “It was like a try I knew I’d potentially fail at.”
Stronger brings to life the heroic story of Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs after the horrific bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon. The film follows the Boston native as he adjusts to life after tragedy alongside his family and on-again-off-again girlfriend Erin Hurley (played by Canada’s own Tatiana Maslany.)
Jeff joined Jake for the film’s official press conference, where the two opened up about their close bond. The actor went on to admit that through telling Jeff’s story, he finally feels as though he got to play a superhero.
Jake’s performance is already getting Oscar buzz, and should the LA native capture Hollywood’s biggest prize, it will be the first time his career. He received a nomination back in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain, but lost out to George Clooney.