It's a near-silent performance, apart from some minor heroics near the end, and most actors would likely have felt the need to signal their disapproval to the audience via exaggerated winces. Gyllenhaal refrains, allowing us to project our own turbulent, conflicted emotions onto his placid expression. Knowing when to do nothing is one of the least appreciated of an actor's skills; here's one who's learned it early.
It's a criminally underrated movie, and Jake is stunning, visually and emotionally.
Of course, this time last year was the culmination of Jake media week. Oh, what a fun time that was.
Regis and Kelly
I had to post those side by side because I am convinced that they coordinated their outfits, as they did at the premieres in Toronto and LA. And if you're going to coordinate, you should have your picture taken together, damn it!
Oh, look - they did, at least once.
The title of the pic is "Jake/Reese/Brindisi" or "Jake and Reese make a toast." It put me in the mind of La Traviata's Brindisi, so watch/listen, enjoy and raise a glass to Rome, to Rendition (the movie!), to whatever makes you smile!
(Photos courtesy of IHJ.)