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It’s difficult to get through the trailer for Stronger — the real-life story of Jeff Bauman, who became a double amputee following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing — without being brought to tears. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Bauman on screen and the movie’s poster, debuting on ET, shows him mid-physical therapy with the tagline, “Strength Defines Us.”

Director David Gordon Green tells ET that his film is more than just a tearjerker, though. “You’re in for a ride,” he said by phone. “That certainly expresses a side of the emotional intensity of the movie, but you might be surprised to find a good sense of humor woven in there as well. Expect a few chuckles alongside a tear or two.”

I’m also so happy to see Tatiana Maslany in this. She’s such a phenomenal actress that deserves to be cast in everything. What drew you to her and then what was it like working with her?
I was a fan of Orphan Black, like so many people, and was just blown away by her range and the diversity of her performance. You watch that show and you don’t know which one is her. [Laughs] She auditioned for this and when I got her in a room with Jake, it was very clear that there was a strong female character that could not be afraid of her empowerment and not be afraid of her vulnerability, someone who really challenged the expectations of the romantic lead in a movie. I loved the questions and concerns that she had, and the ferocity and the levity that she brings to Erin were very important to making this a balanced, complicated character, because it’s not just your obvious love interest. It was an opportunity for us to find someone and invite them into this emotional adventure.

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