Jake Gyllenhaal is finally back to ruling the box office in his TV news thriller Nightcrawler. As a committed journalist, Gyllenhaal stalks the streets of Los Angeles for car crashes while looking bug eyed and more gaunt than ever.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen him really dig into a breakout role like this, even though he’s been turning in solid work in films like Zodiac, Source Code, and Prisoners. The slick thriller is the perfect showcase for Gyllenhaal’s impressive acting talents and a shocking visual reminder of how far he’s willing to go for a role — he lost 20 pounds from his already lean frame to play the creepy ambulance chasing videographer.
Just another crazy transformation for Gyllenhaal, who has done everything from beef up and shave his head for films like Jarhead and The Prince Of Persia to going jet black for cult classic Donnie Darko. We’re always impressed with how deep Gyllenhaal goes for his roles, and how he still looks good no matter what.
Enjoy watching Jake’s transformation in the gallery above.
With Pride, a film about gay and lesbian activists who come to the aide of families affected by the 1984 UK miners’ strike, storming into theaters with positive fanfare and critical accolades, it may easily find its way among the top LGBT films out there today. For those who might scratch their head when it comes to queer cinema — yes there’s more than Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain — it’s time to catch up! While the list of the best gay films is a long and debatable one, we rounded up 10 essential movies that everyone — gay or straight — should watch.
If you haven’t already, check out the trailer for Pride, which is in select theaters now.
Remember the days Jake Gyllenhaal and former girlfriend Kirsten Dunst would walk their dog Atticus together in Los Angeles? Yes, and it was perfect. The Manic Pixie Dream Couple of the early ’00s may be long gone, but Gyllenhaal’s career only intensified after that relationship. As did his gossip potential and attempts at leading man status, giving us maple latte dates with Taylor Swift and the forgettable Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
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While he broke out as a talented actor from a famous family oozing with indie credibility, Gyllenhaal quickly became one of Hollywood’s most coveted young actors. With the monstrous success of disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow, he began pairing his box office potential with high-profile romances that left tabloids salivating: Kirsten, Reese Witherspoon, Taylor. After an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Ang Lee‘s Brokeback Mountain, as well as films from Sam Mendes and David Fincher, the only thing left for him to do was take his shirt off in a big-budget video game adaptation, make googly eyes at Anne Hathaway in a rom com about Viagra and go on public man dates with Lance Armstrong. As Gyllenhaal’s star power surged, we, and most of Hollywood, lost sight of his talent and only thought about his… face. And just as the infamous cyclist fell from grace following a doping scandal, moviegoers forgot about Gyllenhaal’s true chops following a few less than stellar films and a new crop of Next Big Things arriving from across the pond.
But Hollywood loves a comeback story. Like Matthew McConaughey’s incredible career makeover, Gyllenhaal has put together a successful string of strong performances in well-received projects over the last two years. While you were busy claiming your allegiance to Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael B. Jordan, Gyllenhaal was proving to directors, casting agents and fans that he’s far from finished. (He is only 33, after all.) There was the surprising turn in End of Watch, which director David Ayer praised Jake’s dedication to the film and even suggested his future potential behind the camera. His performance in 2013′s Prisoners earned Gyllenhaal a Supporting Actor statue at the Hollywood Film Awards for his portrayal of a detective whose devotion to his case borders on obsession. He then teamed up with director Denis Villeneuve again for Enemy — in which he plays the dual role of guarded history professor and his actor doppelganger — a truly unique and confounding thriller.
Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah debuted in theaters this weekend and we have to say that we were pleasantly surprised by how hot all the Biblical characters were. Look, the Bible says nothing about Noah looking like Russell Crowe or his wife having the porcelain complexion of Jennifer Connelly or that his sons were super hot or that Emma Watson was even there. We’re totally fine with all the liberties that Hollywood took with the age old Biblical tale. In fact, we have some Bible stories we’d like Hollywood to tackle next.
The story of “Jacob and Esau” is kind of like “Cain and Abel Lite,” so why not beef up our interest in the classic tale of inheritance, jealousy and lentil stew by casting Ryan Gosling and Jake Gyllenhaal as the battling brothers? The tale of how Judith decapitated Holofernes seems like something out of Quentin Tarantino‘s most blood-soaked fantasies. So, what if Uma Thurman slipped into the role of the sword-wielding widow? Or what if Wes Anderson brought his quirky vision to the famous tale of “David and Goliath?” Hipsters and film enthusiasts everywhere would welcome a reunion of Bill Murray and Moonlight Kingdom’s Jared Gilman in the title roles.