Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thin deep

Variety has a new interview with Jake Gyllenhaal, who talks about getting into character for Nightcrawler.

Gyllenhaal has returned to his roots with his latest roles, even if it means taking smaller paychecks. “I don’t have my own family right now,” he says. "I have an opportunity to make those choices." Nick Meyer, CEO of Sierra/Affinity, which sold “Nightcrawler” to international distributors, says Gyllenhaal’s star status is the reason the project got made. "He’s a significant artist with weight, and he took his role on this movie seriously," Meyer says.

The story touches on the idea of privacy in an Internet age — and the proliferation of tabloid journalism in even serious news organizations. But Gyllenhaal was most taken by the poetic soliloquies in the script (by Gilroy). He memorized every sentence of dialogue before the 28-day nocturnal shoot through the streets of Los Angeles. "I would always be sad when we wrapped a scene,” he says, “because I’d think, ‘That’s the last time I’m ever going to say the line, and it’s so good. It deserves to be said again.'"

"When you watch the film and see the angularity of his face, the hollow cheeks, the way that his eyes become prominent," Gilroy says, "it’s such a haunting look for a night shoot." Gyllenhaal would run 15 miles from his house to the set in the evenings to stay lanky. The inspiration for the fast-talking character came from the animal world. "There was a general sense that he was a coyote,” Gyllenhaal says. “I just wanted to live that way."

It’s somewhat ironic that the one scene in “Nightcrawler” that’s true to life features Gyllenhaal shattering his own image. Gilroy says he was taken by surprise that the star did that on set, but it’s become a crucial part of the story. “We didn’t plan on the mirror breaking,” he says. “It was honest. It was dramatic. It becomes a pivot point in the character.” Now Gilroy can’t imagine “Nightcrawler” without the scene. “It was an accident we put in the film because it worked so well,” he says. But he’s recently thought about how Gyllenhaal will always carry the character of Lou with him. “The movie has become a permanent part of his physical being,” Gilroy says.

Gyllenhaal admits that playing a dark character like Lou will sometimes sneak into his dreams. “I always have nightmares,” he says, before catching himself. “I don’t really believe in nightmares. I don’t believe the things that scare us are in our dreams. I think they are us communicating with ourselves. Even if I’m scared, I think they are helpful sometimes.” Gyllenhaal speaks abstractly at first when asked what drove him to more vulnerable roles. He says he had an epiphany when he turned 30. “You wake up and you say, ‘I know who I am. Why am I not able to communicate through my art?’ ” he says. “I just realized I was sitting in the wrong place.”

But he soon opens up about how his parents’ divorce in 2009 affected him. “My father got remarried, and my mother moved to New York,” says Gyllenhaal, who relocated to New York to be close to her. “My family became a different entity, and I think a more honest one.” He wanted to find the same honesty in the characters he played. “My family is so strong right now,” Gyllenhaal says. “In a way, that’s given me the strength to say trust yourself.”

Metro ad for Enemy in France, where it's now playing and doing quite well.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Float like a butterfly ...

... Sting like a creep! Edited to add the new Nightcrawler trailer, as well as this Extra first look:

Lots of photos of Jake Gyllenhaal filming Southpaw in the Bronx this week. Some of the expressions are priceless.

Playing air cello.

"It took 100 of these tiny bottles to make me look this sweaty."

ETA: JakeGyllenhaalFF's caption is much funnier:

50 Cent challenged Jake to do the ice bucket challenge!! Was this it? Someone get Jake a bucket! ��


I don't think a leg is supposed to bend that way.


"That didn't feel right."

"No, that's not where it hurts."

"Your hair is too short for a scrunchie!"

These two are just nice shots:

I hope to be able to update the post with the video from Jake's Ice Bucket Challenge. Stay tuned.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Southpaw Day

New Nightcrawler art, posted on Facebook.

Updated to add some photos from shooting on Monday. Perhaps the last day of filming?

The movie is just wrapping, but you don't need to wait for the release to celebrate. Today is international Left-handers Day. Sure, it's a made-up, meaningless holiday, but let's celebrate with some photos:

I think Holden is Jake's only one other left-handed character:

It's been a sad week for Hollywood, with the deaths of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. A 13-year-old Jake played Robin's son in an episode of Homicide. You can watch all of Robin's (and Jake's) scenes here.

That's Jake with the legendary Lauren Bacall, at the 2006 Vanity Fair Oscar party.

RIP, Lauren and Robin.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Do you know that song?

The Wrap ranks the year's Top 10 trailer songs, and Nightcrawler lands at number two with "Faith in Love" by CSS:

“Nightcrawler” has a darkness to it. The trailer emits a sense that we're going on a journey of transformation. There are layers to the song, which has an epic feel that somehow befits Dan Gilroy's indie movie, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a crime scene photographer. It would've been real easy to overlook the music in this trailer but The Wrap prides itself on finding the diamonds in the rough — and this song is a jagged gem. But don't take our word for it…

“As a film, ’Nightcrawler' is bold, off-centered and unique. The tricky part was finding a trailer song with similar attributes. Working closely with the ‘Nightcrawler’ filmmakers, we took that direction to Buddha Jones’ music supervisor Pete Hasty. He brought us several options and we all chose ‘Faith in Love’ from CSS. Everyone agrees that it captures the free-wheeling, brash intensity of the movie and it's also a great anthem for Jake's character, Louis Bloom. On top of that, we love the driving energy that it infuses in the trailer,” said Jason Cassidy, president of marketing at Open Road.

What other Jake movies have had memorable songs? Jarhead, of course. I forgot it opens with "Don't Worry." It's more famous, of course, for Kanye's "Jesus Walks:"

Moonlight Mile starts out with David Gray and "The Light" and then uses Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight:"

Of course the movie takes its name from the Rolling Stones song that plays over this behind-the-scenes video of the making of the movie:

Jake is so young!

Brothers features "Never Say Never" by The Fray and "Bad," one of my favorite U2 songs:

Like Nightcrawler, End of Watch's trailer song wasn't well known. It's called "In the City," by Kevin Rudolf:

What's your favorite trailer song or trailer, for Jake movies or in general?