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Posted: September 12, 2017

Movie about marathon bombing survivor premieres at hospital

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, left, director David Gordon Green, center left, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, center right, and actress Tatiana Maslany, right, arrive on the red carpet Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at the U.S. premiere of the movie
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, left, director David Gordon Green, center left, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, center right, and actress Tatiana Maslany, right, arrive on the red carpet Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at the U.S. premiere of the movie "Stronger" at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. The U.S. premiere of the film that chronicles the story Bauman. Gyllenhaal plays Bauman, while Maslany plays Bauman's then-girlfriend Erin Hurley in the film. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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            Movie about marathon bombing survivor premieres at hospital
Erin Hurley arrives on the red carpet Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at the U.S. premiere of the movie 'Stronger' at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. The U.S. premiere of the film that chronicles the story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman took place at the hospital where he and others who were injured in the 2013 deadly attack were treated. Bauman was waiting for then-girlfriend Hurley, who was running in the race, when the 2013 bombing took place. Tatiana Maslany plays Hurley in the film.

            Movie about marathon bombing survivor premieres at hospital
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman in the film 'Stronger,' arrives on the red carpet Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at the U.S. premiere of the movie at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. The U.S. premiere of the film that chronicles the story of Bauman took place at the hospital where Bauman and others who were injured in the 2013 deadly attack were treated.

            Movie about marathon bombing survivor premieres at hospital
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, left, and Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, right, arrive on the red carpet Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at the U.S. premiere of the movie 'Stronger' at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. The U.S. premiere of the film that chronicles the story of Bauman took place at the hospital where he and others who were injured in the 2013 deadly attack were treated. Gyllenhaal plays Bauman in the film.

            Movie about marathon bombing survivor premieres at hospital
Actress Tatiana Maslany, who plays the role of Erin Hurley in the film 'Stronger,' arrives on the red carpet Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at the U.S. premiere of the movie at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

            Movie about marathon bombing survivor premieres at hospital
Erin Hurley, left, and actress Tatiana Maslany, right, arrive on the red carpet Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at the U.S. premiere of the movie 'Stronger' at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. The premiere of the film that chronicles the story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman took place at the hospital where he and others who were injured in the 2013 deadly attack were treated. Bauman was waiting for then-girlfriend Hurley, who was running in the race when the 2013 bombing took place. Maslany plays Hurley in the film.

            Movie about marathon bombing survivor premieres at hospital
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, left, and Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, right, arrive on the red carpet Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at the U.S. premiere of the movie 'Stronger' at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, in Boston. The U.S. premiere of the film that chronicles the story of Bauman is to take place at the hospital where he and others who were injured in the 2013 deadly attack were treated. Gyllenhaal plays Bauman in the film.

            Movie about marathon bombing survivor premieres at hospital
This image released by Roadside Attractions shows Tatiana Maslany, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal in a scene from 'Stronger.' The film, which chronicles the story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, will screen at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Sept. 12, where Bauman and others who were injured in the 2013 deadly attack were treated.

            Movie about marathon bombing survivor premieres at hospital
FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, file photo, actor Jake Gyllenhaal, left, and subject of the film, Jeff Bauman pose for a photo before a press conference for the movie 'Stronger' at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. The U.S. premiere of a film chronicling the story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Bauman is taking place at the hospital where he and others who were injured in the 2013 deadly attack were treated. The movie, 'Stronger,” will screen at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston on Tuesday.

Associated Press

BOSTON —

A film chronicling the story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman premiered in the U.S. on Tuesday at the hospital where he and others who were injured in the 2013 deadly attack were treated.

Dozens of people attended the screening of "Stronger" at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. The movie is based on Bauman's 2014 memoir of the same name.

The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman, who lost his legs in the attack, and "Orphan Black" actress Tatiana Maslany as Bauman's then-girlfriend, Erin Hurley. Bauman, Hurley and their on-screen counterparts graced a red carpet at the hospital on Tuesday with director David Gordon Green, producer Todd Lieberman and writer John Pollono.

Hurley was running the marathon and Bauman was there to cheer her on when two bombs went off near the finish line on April 25, 2013, killing three spectators and injuring more than 260 others, including Bauman.

Bauman, who uses prosthetic legs, and Gyllenhaal became close during filming and remain friends. They walked side by side down the red carpet at the hospital, where Bauman spent grueling months in intensive rehabilitation.

"No matter how hard I tried I would never really understand what Jeff has been through," Gyllenhaal said, when asked how he approached the role. "I spent a lot of time with Jeff. There wasn't a moment that went by when we were filming that I wasn't thinking about (him)."

Bauman said he's "honored" to have Gyllenhaal play him in the film.

"He's a great guy. He works hard," Bauman said. "He's a good role model."

The Spaulding premiere marks Bauman's third time seeing the film, but this time he viewed it with the people who worked alongside him in his recovery, many of whom are in the film. As they entered the building, attendees were met with cheers from a crowd of patients who gathered on the second floor, holding signs that read "Boston Strong," ''Go Jeff" and "You give me hope."

The movie hits theaters nationwide on Sept. 22. Bauman and Hurley, who had a daughter and got married in 2014 and separated this year, said they hope it inspires audiences to realize their strength.

"I think people would be surprised at how much they can handle," Hurley said. "I definitely was surprised at how much Jeff and I could handle ... after this happened to us. I think that everyone can find the strength in themselves to handle tough situations."


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