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Jake Gyllenhaal attends the premiere of Stronger in Rome

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a fiercely resilient survivor of the Boston Marathon Bombing in his new film Stronger.

And on the star hit the red carpet of the Rome Film Festival besides real-life survivor Jeff Bauman, the man whose life and memoir inspired the film.

The 36-year-old actor looked handsome while posing besides the brave double-amputee, who was dapper in a suit which displayed his state-of-the-art prosthetic legs.

Strength of character! Jake Gyllenhaal hit the red carpet besides real-life survivor Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, the man whose life and memoir inspired Jake’s new first Stronger, Saturday in Rome

Jake was sharp in a black suit paired with matching tie and shiny shoes as he hit the red carpet with survivor Jeff Bauman, the real star of the evening.

He left his chiseled jaw covered with a wash of stubble while brushing his dark locks backwards.

The Academy Award nominated actor rounded out his look with a pair of shiny dress shoes on bottom. 

All black everything! The 36-year-old actor looked handsome in a well-tailored black suit

All black everything! The 36-year-old actor looked handsome in a well-tailored black suit

Guest of honor! Jake was joined by Jeff Bauman, the brave double-amputee who the film Stronger is based upon

Guest of honor! Jake was joined by Jeff Bauman, the brave double-amputee who the film Stronger is based upon

A true inspiration: At the Rome red carpet Jake beamed with pride beside Bauman 

A true inspiration: At the Rome red carpet Jake beamed with pride beside Bauman 

He's a fighter! Bauman looked dapper in a suit which displayed his state-of-the-art prosthetic legs

He’s a fighter! Bauman looked dapper in a suit which displayed his state-of-the-art prosthetic legs

At the Rome red carpet Jake beamed with pride beside Bauman.

The author, who lost both legs in the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon, looked handsome and brave in a suit which didn’t hide his prosthetic legs.

Jake wrapped his arm around the memoirist as they posed for photos together. 

Hair's to you: The Donnie Darko star's chiseled jaw was covered with a wash of stubble

Hair’s to you: The Donnie Darko star’s chiseled jaw was covered with a wash of stubble

Fan favorite: The Donnie Darko darling made his way to the risers to talk to fans

Fan favorite: The Donnie Darko darling made his way to the risers to talk to fans

When in Rome! During the Rome film fest, he signed autographs and posed for selfies with his European admirers

When in Rome! During the Rome film fest, he signed autographs and posed for selfies with his European admirers

Critical acclaim! Jake is receiving rave reviews for his role in Stronger, which was released in the US on September 29

Critical acclaim! Jake is receiving rave reviews for his role in Stronger, which was released in the US on September 29

After posing with Bauman, the Donnie Darko darling made his way to the risers to talk to fans.

There he signed autographs and posed for selfies with his European admirers.

Jake is receiving rave reviews for his role in Stronger, which was released in the US on September 29.

A real experience: Last week, the Ivy League alum opened about his role during an interview with Harper's Bazaar, where he called the experience 'life changing'

A real experience: Last week, the Ivy League alum opened about his role during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, where he called the experience ‘life changing’

Wearing lots of hats! In addition to taking the star role, Jake produced the film under the banner of his company Nine Stories Productions

Wearing lots of hats! In addition to taking the star role, Jake produced the film under the banner of his company Nine Stories Productions

Feet on the ground: The Academy Award nominated actor rounded out his look with a pair of shiny dress shoes on bottom

Feet on the ground: The Academy Award nominated actor rounded out his look with a pair of shiny dress shoes on bottom

Last week, the Ivy League alum opened about his role during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, where he called the experience ‘life changing.’

The star, who also helped produced the film under the banner of his company Nine Stories Productions, explained how the film gave him ‘perspective on what’ his craft as an actor.

He credits real-life survivor Jeff Bauman for helping him put things into perspective, revealing how the author ‘pointed out the absurdity of what I do, but also the importance of [it].’

Putting things in perspective: The Ivy League alum credits real-life survivor Jeff Bauman for helping him put reprioritize things, explaining that the role gave him 'perspective on' how important his job as an actor really is

Putting things in perspective: The Ivy League alum credits real-life survivor Jeff Bauman for helping him put reprioritize things, explaining that the role gave him ‘perspective on’ how important his job as an actor really is

Absurd: The actor explained that Jeff Bauman 'pointed out the absurdity of what I do, but also the importance of' film as a vehicle for storytelling

Absurd: The actor explained that Jeff Bauman ‘pointed out the absurdity of what I do, but also the importance of’ film as a vehicle for storytelling

A new way to look at things: The Nightcrawler actor continued, saying 'I will never take [acting] as seriously again' adding 'but I will also never take for granted how powerful storytelling is'

A new way to look at things: The Nightcrawler actor continued, saying ‘I will never take [acting] as seriously again’ adding ‘but I will also never take for granted how powerful storytelling is’

The Nightcrawler actor continued: ‘I will never take [acting] as seriously again, or take myself as seriously again, but I will also never take for granted how powerful storytelling is.’

‘It was this strange balance where the movie kind of woke me up and showed me that I’m ridiculous, and also encouraged me to keep doing this.’

And Jake wasn’t the only one who was changed by the film. 

Healing together: In early October, Bauman shared a touching piece about his life and recovery with Time , entitled 'How Jake Gyllenhaal and Stronger Helped Me Recover'

Healing together: In early October, Bauman shared a touching piece about his life and recovery with Time , entitled ‘How Jake Gyllenhaal and Stronger Helped Me Recover’

For what it's worth: In his Time magazine piece Bauman explained If I can lay my head down tonight and know that some kid...  can watch [the film] and feel better… then it was all worth it'

For what it’s worth: In his Time magazine piece Bauman explained If I can lay my head down tonight and know that some kid…  can watch [the film] and feel better… then it was all worth it’

In theaters now: Stronger is currently in theaters throughout the US and UK

In theaters now: Stronger is currently in theaters throughout the US and UK

In early October, Bauman shared a touching piece about his life and recovery with Time, entitled ‘How Jake Gyllenhaal and Stronger Helped Me Recover.’

‘On September 12, we premiered Stronger at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston,’ wrote the survivor, ‘When the lights dimmed, I felt really vulnerable… there are parts of this story that aren’t pretty, and I just wanted to make everyone proud.’

He continued further down in the piece, writing: ‘If I can lay my head down tonight and know that some kid in the middle of the country who is going through a battle of his own can watch [the film] and feel better… then it was all worth it.’

Stronger is currently in theaters throughout the US and UK. 

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