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Jake Gyllenhaal Says ‘Stronger’ Is Tale of ‘Struggle to Strength’ (Video)

TIFF 2017: New drama depicts Jeff Bauman’s struggle after losing his legs in Boston Marathon bombing

Jeff Bauman, survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, spoke to TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly with Jake Gyllenhaal and the team behind “Stronger,” a new drama from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions that tells the story of his tough road to recovery after losing both his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing.

Gyllenhaal, who plays Bauman in the film, talked about the sensitive nature of the story he was depicting.

“Jeff’s tale is from struggle to strength,” said the actor. “Ultimately, it’s all about hope and getting to a place where you can live in the fullest sense. Jeff now… has such an incredible life, such a rich life.”

The cast has had plenty of experience talking about their movies on the festival circuit by now, but for Bauman, this is a new world.

“It’s been a surreal experience. I think the people here are used to this way more than I am,” he said. “I’m just kinda dealing with it and thrown into it, but it’s been great.”

“Stronger” hits theaters this weekend. Check out more from the filmmakers in the clip above.