Jake Gyllenhaal Claims to Finally Play a Superhero in ‘Stronger’

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

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  1. I was reading a few articles about this last night and have found that a lot of people are unhappy because Jake is not an amputee and they feel this role should have been portrayed by someone who has this disability. This is becoming quite a common theme when looking at films which deal with sensitive topics such as Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club not actually being trans and some people who watched The Theory of Everything were upset that Hawking was portrayed by Redmayne and not someone who has MND (although this would clearly not be feasible). What are your thoughts on this?

    • Nick Kush says:

      I don’t know, I just prefer when actors and actresses are respectful of the character and the situation. If they realize that their role is more to honor the person than for pure entertainment (which I feel is prevalent in all three of the cases you mentioned), then I’m okay with it.

      Also, from a casting perspective, it’s almost impossible to find actors and actresses that perfectly fit that criteria.

    • Steve says:

      I’ll bite: It’s called acting for a reason. If we have to use people who match the role exactly in all cases it is no longer acting. Maybe the whole reality TV era destroyed the concept of acting for a whole generation? One of my great pleasures in film watching is seeing actors so transformed from one role to the next that you can’t always recognize them right away.

      • I totally agree with you. It’s something that has frustrated me no end since I read it and I wanted to discuss with other movie enthusiasts such as myself. I’m completely with you there. Acting is acting, it is their job at the end of the day. I think people are a bit too sensitive nowadays or just need an excuse to have a moan! !

      • Steve says:

        Eyeballs to eyeballs you and I 😉

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