Cast and crew for Mark Wahlberg’s Patriots’ Day recently arrived in the Bay State, and now another Hollywood movie that also chronicles the Boston Marathon bombings has begun production in the Boston area.
Stronger, a film based on the autobiographical book of the same title by bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman, a Chelmsford native who went to the the 2013 Marathon to watch his girlfriend cross the finish line when the first bomb went off, taking both his legs.
After Tuesday night’s Bruin’s game at TD Garden, Bruins fans were invited to stay to watch and participate in filming for Stronger.
Given the location and photographs from the scene, it appears that filmmakers were recreating this iconic moment when Bauman waved a “Boston Strong” flag on the ice at the May 4, 2013 Bruins game.
This Twitter video captured the scene from a bird’s-eye view, with Gyllenhaal, as Bauman, waving the flag in a wheelchair, lights flashing and crowd cheering:
Filming for "Stronger" now underway at the Garden. There's Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman. pic.twitter.com/sZQ4lsO8Iu
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) April 6, 2016
— Jimmy Golen (@jgolen) April 6, 2016
Bruins fans who stayed for filming also saw Gyllenhaal interact with the crowd.
— Tricia McCorkle (@triciamcc1) April 6, 2016
— Ashley (@ADeFuria) April 6, 2016
Stronger also stars Tatiana Maslany as Bauman’s girlfriend (now wife), Erin Hurley, Miranda Richardson as Bauman’s mom, Patty, and Clancy Brown as his dad, Jeff Bauman Sr. The film is directed by David Gordon Green and is a production of Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment.