Meanwhile, Boger recuperated from getting skull-stomped and became a successful hair stylist, but he still harbored some ill feelings toward non-gay people. To deal with that, he started volunteering at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles -- the same place where Zaal talked to students about his past. When they met, Zaal and Boger thought they were strangers. Then they started talking.
Hate 2 Hope
"Your scalp looks familiar. Have we met?"
While reminiscing about the good ol' days, the two uncovered the truth of their brutal acquaintanceship, which sort of put a damper on the whole evening. They didn't speak to each other for a few weeks after that, but eventually Boger reached out to Zaal and invited him to lunch. Mortified and probably half-convinced he was on a special hate-crimes episode of This Is Your Life, Zaal apologized for trying to pound Boger's head into brain gravy. Boger, clearly a much larger man than his stature suggests, replied: "But you are a good guy -- now."
Now Zaal and Boger are close friends who regularly team up to educate others on tolerance. The documentary about their story got snubbed at the Oscars, but we're pretty sure they'll get another shot when someone inevitably does a full-length drama about them starring Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper (they have experience playing unlikely friends, after all).