In “Constellations,” two people, Roland ( Jake Gyllenhaal ) and Marianne (“The Affair’s” Ruth Wilson ), play out their relationship again and again in what’s known as a multiverse—a hypothetical reality in which there are an infinite number of universes in which an infinite number of us exist, each living out a different version of our lives. To make such a theoretical premise clear on paper, playwright Nick Payne used three different fonts in the script—bold, italic, and normal—to denote that Roland and Marianne have switched to a new universe.
“A lot of people read [the script] and have lots of questions,” says Mr. Gyllenhaal, who took classes in Eastern religion at Columbia University, “and some people say, ‘Oh, I get it.’ I got it.”
“Constellations,” which opens Jan. 13 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York City, plays out like a long episode of déjà vu. When Mr. Gyllenhaal and Ms. Wilson meet in the first scene, their interaction repeats in five different ways. In some versions, or “universes,” Mr. Gyllenhaal has a girlfriend already and the conversation ends abruptly. In another version he’s just not interested. And then in one version, he really likes Marianne and she him, and a match is made. The play continues in this stuttering manner for seven more scenes, each containing new endings for the characters.
Variety – During a Skyped Q&A in Los Angeles with director Dan Gilroy and editor John Gilroy, moderated by Variety’s Jenelle Riley, Jake talked about the recent Producers Guild Awards nomination (Nightcrawler was nominated for Outstanding Producer of a Theatrical Motion Picture). According to him, he received the news via email, before the phone calls of congratulations started rolling in.
Jake had kind words for John Gilroy’s editing, saying he was able to find the perfect tone for the movie in the editing room. “I was given the freedom to go big and really be out there, and could count on John to really hone the performance in the editing room”. He also had high praise for Dan Gilroy’s script, admitting he missed saying the lines and kept a PDF of it on his computer to go back and revisit from time to time. In fact, over a year after shooting, he can still remember his character’s dialogue. He proved it by reciting a monologue from the film, word-perfect, for the audience, who responded with rapturous applause and cheers.
When asked about the most difficult part of making the film, Jake pointed to the casting of British actor-rapper Riz Ahmed as Lou’s intern Rick. Dan Gilroy said they read more than 60 actors for the role and were surprised to find Ahmed could do a flawless American accent. Dan Gilroy said his most daunting task was finding the right tone for the character, since Lou could easily be dismissed as a psychopath. “But when Jake was cast, that allayed a lot of those concerns because of the humanity he brings to the role,” he noted.
Jake lost more than 20 pounds to play Bloom, because he imagine the character as someone who was always hungry. So he mentioned a scene cut from the film that showed how he dealt with food. “There’s a moment where he’s ordering a hamburger and he asks how much extra it would cost to get cheese, and decides it’s too much, so he skips it.” Dan Gilroy added that Gyllenhaal was truly always hungry on set during the 27-day shoot. “At one point he’s sitting in a car with Riz, leaning into him, and we were genuinely afraid he was just going to eat him.”
The Hollywood Reporter – The Toronto Film Critics Association on Tuesday night named the Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve, as the best Canadian film of the year.
Enemy sees Gyllenhaal star as a Toronto college professor whose life is turned upside down when he becomes obsessed with a lookalike actor. The Canadian psychological thriller reunites director Villeneuve and Gyllenhaal after they collaborated on the kidnapped-child drama Prisoners for Warner Bros.
Enemy beat out Michael Dowse’s The F Word and Xavier Dolan’s Mommy to take the $100,000 best Canadian film prize. The Canadian kudosfest also viewed a videotaped acceptance speech by Richard Linklater after the Toronto critics earlier named Boyhood as their best picture, tapped Linklater as best director of the year and Patricia Arquette as the best supporting actress for her role as the young protagonist’s mother.
Jake also attended last night the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, held at TAO Downtown, New York. He presented the Best Actress award to Marion Cotillard. Check pictures in our gallery:
Jake attended last night a Q&A to promote Nightcrawler and you can find a few pictures added in our gallery:
Finally we can see the light of this project. Back in 2008 David O. Russell shot a film called Nailed, scripted by Al Gore’s daughter Kristen Gore. It was a political satire in which Jessica Biel played a waitress who is shot in the head with a nail gun, leading to crazy sexual urges and a trip to Washington to lobby for health care and breaks for people with unusual disabilities. The film had shaky financing and was shut down several times. A key scene was never shot, and the movie sat, unfinished, ever since.
The film is now called “Accidental Love” and its release is set for February. Watch the trailer below: