The workaholic actor is one of the finest of his generation and his new sci-fi fright Life the latest example of his skilful character-building. But perhaps its better not to ask him about Taylor Swift …
Jake Gyllenhaal arrives at todays interrogation carrying his own chair. Specific, the chair he dragged in the different regions of the fancy inn suite so that he could sit in a normal, upright slot, rather than recline on certain designated chaise longue that had been set up for him next to me. The chair is a good ask having Gyllenhaal lie back while I ask about his life story might have made this meeting seem a little bit too much like a rehabilitation session.
Oh, was that the kind of interview you were expecting? he says, with a cheeky broaden of those intense attentions. We can do that. If you dont knowledge me lying down, youll certainly get some interesting stuff.
We laugh, although in an hours day, when things arent quite so amicable, a healers couch might have come in handy. Which is a shame, because theres no reason why this chat with Jake Gyllenhaal should have been anything other than genial. Hes easy enough to talk to, with a delighting dose of oddball intensity lurking beneath his sleepy exterior. And its not as if he needs to be defensive about his job hes one of his generations finest actors, rising to fame while still in his teenages, and taking on personas loaded with inner chao: a distressed, rabbit-hallucinating teen in cult-hit Donnie Darko; Brokeback Mountains yearning, crushed gay sheep-herder Jack Twist; Tony Hastings, a being crucified over his failure to prevent the assault and murder of his wife and daughter in Nocturnal Animals.
Today hes promoting Life, a sci-fi/ horror film in which a six-person gang on the International Space Station discover the first evidence of life outside Earth, simply for their interest with it to get the better of them: clue acts spiralling rapidly out of control. Life follows many tropes of the genre, but with enough neat spins and lessons on human nature to keep it interesting. The screenplay, says Gyllenhaal, left him legitimately frightened, even though he acknowledges his main reason for participate in the percentage was that after playing capacity after role where Ive given a ton of time in preparation, I made a resolution to only enjoy myself making a big, fun movie.
And so he did just that. The chairman, Daniel Espinosa, opened him the freedom of the media to build his own character, Dr David Johnson, and Gyllenhaal opted for a largely speechless introvert with negligible desire to ever return to Earth. Could I relate to that? Yes! he chuckles. But also no. I see I am fully committed to being here.
Despite his attempts to exactly have fun, Gyllenhaal, a renowned workaholic, still couldnt assistance pushing himself. He spoke to astronauts, took counseling from a trauma doctor and worked with a zero-gravity-movement manager, so that his personality would be better reflected in the road he floated through space.
Many of his personas dont actively expect such punishing levels of preparation but Gyllenhaal does it anyway he bulked up for boxing movie Southpaw, with 2,000 sit-ups and six-hour training sessions each day, before starving himself back down to play skinny Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler, a morally bankrupt ambulance-chaser emblematic of all the scummiest particular aspects of tabloid news.
My sister[ the actor Maggie] and I have this argument often, he says. Ive lost load or learned a brand-new science and shes said: You dont have to change your person to play a reputation, and there are seasons where I concur and other periods I dont.
Does he ever get forestalled on established, when hes been doing thousands of sit-ups every day, and other parties arent according his intensity?
He seems frightened by this question. Oh, so you think doing sit-ups are likened with craftsmanship? Is that what youre saying? Well perhaps you dont know what the aircraft of acting is. I represent, putting the time into planning, being agile no, I dont conclude changing your mas physically has anything to do with the spacecraft of acting.
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