No one can say Jake Gyllenhaal hasn’t thrown himself into his character Lou Bloom in his new film, showing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Jake now has a scar from slicing his hand open during an impromptu and unscripted breaking of a mirror on the Nightcrawler set. He told Variety, “It was just a choice in that moment that happened.” A more planned out choice was losing 30 pounds for the film and living the lifestyle of what he describes as his “coyote” character, whether by living a nocturnal lifestyle or persuading paparazzi to let him travel with them while on duty.
The people behind Nightcrawler aren’t surprised to see a darker and gritty side to Jake, including Nick Meyer, who is CEO of the company responsible for selling Nightcrawler to international distributors. He says, “He’s a significant artist with weight, and he took his role on this movie seriously.” Antoine Fuqua says of Jake’s darker roles, “A lot of people see Jake as a nice young Jewish kid from Beverly Hills. I said, ‘Nah!’ He’s a man now. There’s something in his eyes that people don’t see. He’s got anger in him.”
Nightcrawler centers on the fast-talking and shady Lou, who follows ambulances to record accident victim footage on his camcorder for news stories. Director Dan Gilroy mused, “The movie has become a permanent part of his (Jake’s) physical being.” It certainly seems so, with the actor’s scar to prove it. ~Andrea Hodgins