Fellow parent and co-star Courtney B. Vance also channeled life experiences while shooting Extraordinary Measures. Vance's character, Marcus Temple, is the father of a baby girl who was recently diagnosed with Pompe disease. Off camera, Vance and his wife, actress Angela Bassett, are parents to twins, Bronwyn and Slater.

While Vance's children have been blessed with good health, his daughter did have a health scare three years ago, which Vance says helped him relate to his character.

"We were about to leave the campus of Harvard and get in a cab or car service, and head to the airport. We looked at Bronwyn, and she had a big lump on her neck," he says. "She said it was hurting her. We ended up back home at [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center] and her going into surgery to have it lanced. The neck is really nothing to play with—all the various veins and nerve endings and things. It was very traumatic."

After three days, Bronwyn was released, and since then, Vance says she's been perfectly healthy.


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