Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘insane hunger’

Jake Gyllenhaal Jake Gyllenhaal drove himself ”insane with hunger” while filming Nightcrawler. The 34-year-old actor’s co-star Riz Ahmed, who played Rick Carey, the sidekick to the Hollywood hunk’s sociopathic news reporter Lou Bloom in the crime thriller, joked he thought the hunk wanted to eat him while shooting the movie because he was so hungry after living off a diet of chewing gum to lose 30lbs for the role.

He said: ”Jake lost a lot of weight for the role, he was literally surviving off chewing gum and driving himself with hunger, which makes sense because his character is desperately hungry for success. He’s looking at me in the film like he might want to eat me. There was this primal energy coming off him.”

Despite growing concerned that Jake might develop some cannibalistic tendencies, the 32-year-old star found the Brokeback Mountain actor ”really inspiring” to star alongside in the motion picture. He added to Metro newspaper: ”He was really inspiring. He’s someone who really pushes himself to limits.”

As well as chewing gum, Jake also lived on kale salad while thinning down for Nightcrawler and ran 15 miles a day to and from his Hollywood home to the film set. He recently said: ”I made a lot of choices physically. The running thing, you’re pretty hungry because you’re not eating a lot of food. You’re lonely because you’re not meeting your friends for dinner. People go, ‘Hey you want to meet for dinner after work?’ I go, ‘Well, I’m shooting all night.’ ‘All right, you want to meet for lunch?’ I’m like, ‘I can’t!’ So I’m gonna go run.”

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  1. Jessica • March 11, 2015 @ 5:06 AM

    Some, including myself, found the film (Nightcrawler) professionally offensive. Lou Bloom in the film portrays a man with no moral and does every possible thing just to get him in the spotlight. Anyway, I wonder much an actor would go for a role. I mean I read an article about method acting and I assume that he is also a method actor. Speaking method actors and some of the crazy preparation some actors do before a film, I also found this one at http://www.auditions2015.com/trending/most-insane-celebrity-diets-for-films/. I think much more highly of all those guys now.

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