Retired tennis pro James Blake, actors Ethan Hawke and Katrina Bowden, musician Alicia Keys and former NFLer Tiki Barber all finished 26.2.
"A man with his physical gifts -- amazing. I don't think there's been an athlete like that. There's never been a sprinter with the gifts... and the area that he covers in a short period of time. It's amazing. It's poetry, it's beautiful to watch. Poetry in motion."
After a lackluster acting career and a failed attempt at politics, Lewis is coaching at his alma mater, the University of Houston.
"He struggled with his new role initially because he didn’t know what to say to athletes with a fraction of his talent. 'Now I know what they want to hear is the truth,' Lewis said. 'I tell recruits that I won nine gold medals. I was Olympian of the century. I don’t take a dime to coach for this university. I don’t need anything from you but your success, and I want that for UH (University of Houston), I want that for you and I want it for your family.'
The biopic, Stronger, is based off Bauman's book documenting his recovery after the attack.
In 2003 Farrell ran the Boston Marathon in 3:56:12.
McConaughey reportedly has some experience with running in triathlons.
Jolie: “To the very end of his life, Louie had perfect recollection of events that had occurred 40, 50 or 60 years previously, and his way of sharing those stories made you lean in and want to hear more. Hearing him talk about the sights and sounds of the [Olympic] stadium, the exquisite silence of waiting for the starter gun, the intensity of racing against the fastest runners in the world all helped draw imaginary storyboards of how this could play out on the screen.”
"...While I wanted to get the historical setting right and place the audience inside the Olympic Stadium, what I really wanted to convey was how that race epitomized Louie’s entire approach to life. When he found himself in the back of the pack going into the final sprint, he didn’t give up. He never reconciled himself to the thought of surrender. He found reserves of energy and fight and rocketed forward with a last lap so impressive that Hitler himself requested to meet ‘the boy with the fast finish.'”
“...He would talk to me about how the shoes fit, how the uniform was cut, how the food tasted and how the girls looked — there was always a lot of talk about the food and the ladies! What struck me most is realizing how very few people get to experience the Olympic Games from the perspective of a competitor. It was almost 80 years ago for Louie, and his memories of it remained vivid and lasting. It demonstrated what an honor, what a defining moment, it is for anyone to look up and realize they are participating in the grandest, most historic athletic competition our world has to offer. How could that not etch itself into your memory forever?”
From the lap counter counting up instead of down, to Brad Pitt running the wrong way around the track, running movies are often full of inaccuracies.
Jared Leto, the actor who started in the movie, Prefontaine, won an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club as a HIV-positive transgender woman living in Texas in the 1980s.