As awards-season buzz ramps up, Yahoo Movies caught up with an assemblage of film stars in attendance at last Saturday night’s Governors Awards. ”Foxcatcher, Whiplash — andMichael Keaton is great in Birdman.
Jake Gyllenhaal covers much of that terrain in Nightcrawler. The 33-year-old actor negotiates L.A. roads at breakneck speeds as Lou Bloom, an ambitious freelance videographer for local television news. The staging of such scenes are so central to Nightcrawler, Yahoo Movies tracked down the film’s mapping mastermind.
Jake Gyllenhaal pushed himself to the limit to play a midnight oil-burning crime reporter in the thriller Nightcrawler that’s in theaters now: The actor lost thirty pounds subsisting mostly on gum and kale, became a recluse, and was hospitalized for punching a mirror with his bare hand. Alan Cumming played the blue-skinned, teleporting mutant known as Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United (2003), and from what he’s told reporters, that role was its own special kind of torture. Using quotes from their interviews, we challenged Gyllenhaal and Cumming to the ultimate Nightcrawler showdown.
In Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a crime reporter who furiously chases down leads (in speeding cars, no less!), obsessed with breaking news for a local Los Angeles television station. The film has earned strong early notices and Oscar buzz for its star, whose extreme weight loss for the thriller has been well documented. As Gyllenhaal reveals in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly there was a surprising inspiration behind the character: his parents’ 2009 divorce.
Anyone who’s seen the engrossing trailer for the upcoming thriller Nightcrawler will be struck by hints of Jake Gyllenhaal’s feral intensity in the role of the bottom-dwelling L.A. crime reporter looking for some unsavory scoops. Gyllenhaal did indeed lose 30 pounds from his 180-pound frame.