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Real life story of man's search for stranger who stopped him jumping off bridge set for movie treatment

Published 16/04/2015 | 11:10

Actor Daniel Craig poses on stage during an event to mark the start of production for the new James Bond film
Actor Daniel Craig poses on stage during an event to mark the start of production for the new James Bond film "Spectre", at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, southern England December 4, 2014

The real life story of a suicidal man who was prevented from jumping off a bridge by a stranger, and that man's search for his hero, may now be turned into a film.

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Jonny Benjamin was contemplating jumping off Waterloo Bridge in London following a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder when a good Samaritan rushed over and talked him down.

Jonny (27) was taken to hospital but never saw the strange again so, in an effort to track him down and thank him, he launched a campaign on social media.

The #FindMike campaign was spotted by the stranger's wife - he turned out to be personal trainer Neil Laybourn (32).

Their subsequent meeting was filmed for Channel 4 documentary 'Finding Mike: The Strange on the Bridge' which will be broadcast in May.

Director Sam Forsdike has revealed to The Independent that the film could end up on the big screen with Daniel Craig and Dominic Cooper mooted to play the two men.

“We’re in discussions with people. There’s been a lot of interest and we’re looking to take it forward,” he said.

“Fingers crossed we’ll see Daniel Craig (Laybourn) and Dominic Cooper (Benjamin) in the movie.”

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