Doesn’t it seem like Jake Gyllenhaal should be bigger? Certainly, he’s famous, but in a way that still suggests potential not yet met. He’s able to get a movie green-lit, but not necessarily able to open it. He’s got a crush-worthy mug and a famously enviable body, but fan campaigns don’t spring up when he’s snubbed for Sexiest Man Alive. And though Gyllenhaal earned a well-deserved Oscar nomination in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain, he hasn’t been in contention since.
It would seem like I’m building a case for career mismanagement here, but actually, I’m arguing quite the opposite: Over the past few years, Gyllenhaal has been turning in consistently excellent, surprising work in a series of underseen films like End of Watch, Enemy, and Prisoners. The problem is not with Jake Gyllenhaal, then — the problem is with us, the public that demands new movie stars yet has a more-than-capable one flying under the radar. We’ve been sleeping on Jake Gyllenhaal for years now, and it’s time we all woke up.
I updated the gallery with the events Jake attended yesterday on Toronto Festival, including a dinner Variety did to celebrate him:
The gallery was – finally – updated with pictures of Jake during his first day on TIFF. He attended the premiere for Nightcrawler, a party hosted by Grey Goose and a press conference. Check it:
Jake, his Nightcrawler co-stars Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed, and director Dan Gilroy attended the Variety Studio presented by Moroccanoil at Holt Renfrew during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. You will find the fist pictures added to the gallery, plus additional portraits taken earlier today.
The pulsating shimmer of Los Angeles at night can seem either like a dreamscape fantasia or a topography of nightmares. In the new film “Nightcrawler” it is both, a land of opportunity and madness and left in some measure for the viewer to unravel.
The directing debut for Dan Gilroy, who also wrote the screenplay, the film enters the world of nighttime crime-scene videographers as a jumping-off point to explore contemporary media culture, self-created personalities in the Internet age and the boundaries of personal ambition. The film has its world premiere as part of the current Toronto International Film Festival, will have its U.S. premiere at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, and open in theaters on Oct. 31.
As the film opens, Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal in a transformative performance) is adrift on the fringes of society, stealing scrap to sell at salvage yards. After seeing a freelance video news team swoop in during the aftermath of a freeway car crash, he sets a new goal for himself. The right person finding the right opportunity that fits his specific pathology just so, Bloom makes a quick study of his new profession, while encountering a more established competitor (Bill Paxton), an overnight-shift television news producer (Rene Russo) desperate to make a mark and a hapless tag-along assistant (Riz Ahmed). Bloom’s rise comes with no minor cost and a small body count.
The enigmatic character of Bloom, stubborn, self-taught, self-made and possibly sociopathic, and personified by Gyllenhaal’s full-throttle performance, makes “Nightcrawler” many things at once. It is a character study, a disturbing look at the impact of media and culture, a fascinating glimpse into the nocturnal life of Los Angeles and an unpredictable, pulse-quickening thriller.