Actor Jake Gyllenhaal and Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman joined runners at Boston Medical Center’s annual pre-race pasta dinner Sunday night, carrying out their duties as honorary co-captains of the medical center’s Marathon squad, Team BMC.
The pair joined former Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, the event’s emcee, in cheering on the Team BMC members running the 26.2 miles Monday. They also took time to discuss the upcoming film “Stronger,” which is adapted from Bauman’s memoir of the same name about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the aftermath. There to cheer on his then-girlfriend, Erin Hurley, Bauman lost both of his legs in the attack.
Gyllenhaal has been shadowing Bauman in recent months, getting to know the man he portrays as they film at locations around Boston.
“I’ve seen my own strengths and weaknesses just getting to know him, and as an artist, that’s what I want to do,” said Gyllenhaal, adding that he’s felt an incredible amount of love and support from everyone involved in Bauman’s recovery — from his friends and family to the medical team at BMC and the Boston community as a whole — since he signed onto the subject. “Feeling a little touch of that light is the most inspiring thing in my life I’ve experienced so far.”
Bauman said seeing his story come to life through Gyllenhaal and actress Tatiana Maslany, who plays Hurley (now his wife), has been an unreal experience.
“It’s kind of freaky. They’re so good. We have this great talent of artists on this team and it’s going to come out awesome.”
Along with Gyllenhall and Maslany, “Stronger” director David Gordon Green attended the BMC dinner, held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, as did producers Todd Lieberman and Riva Maker and executive producer Nicolas Stern. Also in attendance were Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Carlos Arredondo, whose heroic actions after the bombings were captured in the now iconic photograph of him rushing Bauman to an ambulance.Names can be reached at email@example.com.