Thursday, May 2, 2013
In a new article, Jake Gyllenhaal describes the dreams and nightmares, asleep and waking, that haunted and helped him in making End of Watch:
My dreams are often very intense. After waking up, it's mostly just individual images left behind, and above all, moods and feelings. Sometimes they are so strong that they accompany me for hours through the day. Particularly intense dreams provide a link between our consciousness and our unconscious. They illuminate who we are, and make us think about ourselves, which is not always pleasant. Successful movies, in my opinion, do the the same thing.
The police action took place mostly at a time when I am usually sleeping. It was a unique, dreamlike atmosphere to drive in the early morning hours through the city, where so many people were sleeping peacefully. I was with police who had to be wide awake and had to deal with all the nightmares that came crawling out of the shadows. Inside the patrol car, I felt like I was in an enclosed space, like a protective bubble, safe and secure, as in a dream. Leaving the patrol car to confront the threatening reality each time was a kind of awakening. A strange feeling.
When I came home in the morning, after the end of the shift, I often couldn't sleep. When I eventually managed to fall asleep, those images haunted me in my dreams. That was a kind of catharsis. The dreams helped me cope with the experience. All these nightmares, real and in sleep, cast a new light on my own life, which I've learned to re-appreciate and enjoy.
This Railroad Revival Tour photo shows Jake in the opposite state of hirsuteness from the article photo:
Andythet Photography || 35mm || *Stowaway Diaries* RRT 2 Year anniversary :: DAY 4 :: April 24th, 2011 Marfa, Texas || One Crazy Easter
(Thanks to IHJ for the scan.)