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Pressure to play Jeff Bauman doesn't faze Jake Gyllenhaal

AP Photo/Mary Schwalm

Although he admits that there is pressure in playing the role of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman in the movie "Stronger," actor Jake Gyllenhaal embraces the challenge.

"I am getting a lot of pressure to play this part," Gyllenhaal said at the Boston Medical Center's 2016 Boston Marathon pasta dinner on Sunday night. "But I love that pressure. I love this city."

Gyllenhaal -- who threw out the first pitch with Bauman at Monday's Boston Red Sox Patriots' Day game -- has been filming in Boston for nearly a month. The movie is based on Bauman's autobiographical book of the same name and is expected to be released in 2017.

Gyllenhaal also spoke of his respect for Bauman, who lost both his legs in the bombing and played a key role in identifying the brothers responsible for the attack.

"Jeff is basically a triumph in just this unspeakable situation," Gyllenhaal said.

A self-proclaimed Boston Celtics and New England Patriots fan, Gyllenhaal also touched on his affinity for the city of Boston.

"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."