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Jake Gyllenhaal’s new movie “The Sisters Brothers” opens in Boston this weekend. It’s a western by French director Jacques Audiard that follows assassins (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) on the hunt for two men (Riz Ahmed and Gyllenhaal) who have a secret to finding gold.

When Gyllenhaal promoted “Sisters” at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, he told the Globe that he signed on for the project because he’s a huge fan of Audiard.

“He’s probably my favorite filmmaker working, and I never thought that he would be making an English language film, and I am a rabid, absolute fan of him. We joke in my family that family comes first unless Jacques Audiard calls, and that is fact.”

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Gyllenhaal was also happy to talk about one of his other films, “Stronger,” which he promoted at the same festival last year. Gyllenhaal, who played Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman in the 2017 local film said he’s still in touch with Bauman and that it has been easy to maintain a friendship. One year after the release of that film, they’re still texting and joking around.

“He is my friend,” Gyllenhaal said, of Bauman. “There’s a real ease and no force to our relationship, so we just are friends. I just [expletive] adore the guy.”