It has not even been five years since the Boston Marathon bombing, which means many of the wounds left by that incident remain fresh. People are still recovering from the injuries suffered that day (physical or otherwise), and Hollywood has finally started to take a long, hard look at how people changed as a result of the attack. David Gordon Green's Stronger is the next film to tackle that heavy subject matter, but it does not look like the intensity of the material will stop it from delving into some lighthearted areas as well. In fact, a video has officially dropped online showing the film's star, Jake Gyllenhaal, totally bro-ing out with Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman, and it is hilarious. Check out the video below.
Jake Gyllenhaal is the actor, but Jeff Bauman is the comedian in this Facebook video. Clearly not taking themselves too seriously, the duo trades barbs back and forth -- poking fun at everything including Gyllenhaal's status as a celebrity, his work on Nocturnal Animals and even the fact that he should be in "good" movies like the Fast and Furious franchise. Who knows? If the full movie can deliver this much entertainment, then Good Will Hunting may finally get dethroned as the go-to Boston movie.
This is actually a movie marketing technique that Jake Gyllenhaal has become increasingly good at in recent years. He took part in similar videos during the press tour for Life earlier this year (alongside co-star Ryan Reynolds, who gets a Van Wilder shout-out in this clip), and he has shown a notable willingness to make fun of himself and his work lately. If nothing else, it shows that everyone involved in the telling of this intense story understands the need for levity and human connection.
Overall, Stronger looks like it's going to strike a considerably different chord than something like Peter Berg's Patriots Day. While both films tackle the subject of the Boston Marathon bombing, Stronger looks like it will tell a more intimate story of one man's road to recovery over the course of an extended period, as opposed to Patriots Day, which is more of a thriller focusing on the immediate aftermath of the bombing. It's already a tragic and heart-wrenching tale, but Jeff Bauman's involvement could help Stronger become one of this year's biggest tearjerkers.
Check out a trailer for Stronger below to see how Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal of Jeff Bauman compares to the real thing.
Stronger will debut in theaters this Friday, September 22. As for the rest of this year, take a look at CinemaBlend's movie premiere guide to see what else 2017 has in store on the big screen!