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.”