Monday, April 18, 2016
Patriots' Day is a special day in Boston. Three years ago, it turned into a somber day. The city and the supporters have reclaimed the day. The movie Stronger, the story of a Boston Marathon bombing survivor, hopes to capture some of that essence and spirit.
Today, the 120th running of the Boston Marathon will be held. Filming coincides with the race and with the annual Red Sox Patriots' Day game. Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman will throw out the first pitch at the Red Sox game and also captain the team running the marathon for Boston Medical Center, where Jeff Bauman was treated after the bombing.
The BMC team held its traditional pre-race pasta dinner on Sunday. Jake and Jeff participated in an apparently entertaining Q&A hosted by former New England Patriot Jerod Mayo. Jake talked about the inspiration he gets from Jeff and from the city. Jeff called Jake a nerd ;)
Bauman, alongside Gyllenhaal on the red carpet, explained that, for his role, Gyllenhaal “wants to know so much about the prosthetic world.”
“You’re like a nerd, I consider you like a doctor of prosthetics.” Bauman said to Gyllenhaal. “He’s so good at, you know, acting.”
Though Gyllenhaal is from Los Angeles, he said he spent his childhood summers in Cape Cod. His best friends are from Boston. He’s a self-proclaimed Celtics and Patriots fan. And both Bauman and Gyllenhaal are throwing out the first pitch at the Red Sox game at Fenway on Monday.
“This side of the country and this part of the world is probably the dearest to my heart,” Gyllenhaal said. “Being in Boston itself, I’ve never spent as much time in the city. But we’ve been shooting everywhere. I love the South End and I love Back Bay —“
“And Chelmsford,” Bauman joked.
The movie will be filming at Fenway, so Jake will have filmed at both the Garden and Fenway Park. Pretty good for a Boston fan.
Demolition cast plays "Would You Rather..."
Interesting Demolition interview.
Too many good pictures and video from today not to share. Sorry it will make the post even longer. But what a special day for Jake. He is beaming.