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Jake Gyl­len­haal stars as Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing sur­vivor Jeff Bau­man in Stronger; spy movie se­quel Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle; Michael Keaton plays CIA agent Stan Hur­ley in Amer­i­can As­sas­sin; mil­len­ni­als tem­po­rar­ily kill them­selves in the name of sci­enc

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Jake Gyl­len­haal’s first screen role, at the age of ten, was as Billy Crys­tal’s son in the 1991 com­edy City Slick­ers, Don­nie Darko Broke­back Moun­tain Prince Of Per­sia: Stronger, Sands Of Time.

How im­por­tant was it for you to tell this story from Jeff’s point of view?

“I’m not say­ing that I’m un­in­ter­ested in the bomb­ing, but more the ef­fects of it and how it brings peo­ple to­gether through tragedy – and I know that’s what Jeff wants.”

To pre­pare for the role, you spent a lot of time with Jeff Bau­man – are you close to him now?

“It’s a complicated one in that I al­ways feel odd, like even do­ing this in­ter­view or be­ing in the mid­dle of shoot­ing and then play­ing him and he texts me ‘Where are you?’ and I’m like I’m try­ing to not look like you for an in­ter­view [laughs].”

Do you think of Jeff as a hero?

“Yes, if you’re going to put a word or an ad­jec­tive along­side him, hero would def­i­nitely be one of them.”

but it was cult drama

that put Jake on the map. His mixed ca­reer has in­cluded an Os­car-nom­i­nated turn in drama and block­buster dud

In Jake plays Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing sur­vivor Jeff Bau­man.

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