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Jake Gyllenhaal Is About to Have His Motherf**king Matthew McConaughey Moment, and He Deserves Every Minute Of It

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 21, 2014 | Comments ()


I’ve been banging the Gyllenhaal drum for a few months now, thanks to his remarkable run of films since the disastrous back-to-back showings in Prince of Persia and Love & Other Drugs. People forget, however, that Gyllenhaal was nominated for an Oscar for Brokeback Mountain and he might have deserved one for Zodiac, and his under-the-radar performances in End of Watch, Prisoners and Enemy over the last two years have been nothing short of outstanding. He’s come so far and done so much that it’s easy to forget that this is the kid with the break-out performance in Donnie Darko that we all used to love.

Right now, I think he’s the most underappreciated actor in Hollywood, and the last few years, he’s been quietly putting together a filmography that rivaled that of Matthew McConaughey’s heading into his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Nightcrawler looks like Gyllenhaal’s Dallas Buyers Club, and after you spend 45 seconds with his gaunt, terrifying looking character hustling for a job, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Jesus, that looks outstanding. And Nic Pizzolatto, if you’re listening and haven’t nailed down your True Detective season two cast, give this guy a look. He can play one helluva cop, too. Look no further than Prisoners, End of Watch and Zodiac.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Casey Affleck, and Michelle Williams for TD2.

Think about it.

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  • Jenn Hamm

    I can't wait for this movie. That clip is everything.

  • cinekat

    Jake Gyllenhall, Christian Bale and Ellen Page get my TD3 top votes.

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  • Arran

    He wasn't a cop in Zodiac. Though he was kinda playing detective. Pretty much everyone deserved Oscars for that movie.

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  • Kala

    Honestly, after his (albeit short) string of bad films, I was ready to write the guy off. Then I saw End of Watch. Holy shit. My feelings. Enemy is on my queue right now. I hope this is his year.

  • Evie Norwood

    Totally agree with the praise for Jake's work in recent times. But he's been doing major quality work for years, and it hasn't always been recognized. Let's not forget Source Code, a real gem of a sci-fi teaser where he's just terrific, and the earlier Brothers, where I suspect Jake got short-changed by the editing so that Tobey Maguire could have the bigger share of the story. I've been hoping that Jake would show up in True Detective 2--as Detective Loki! Nic Pizzolatto, think about it. Seriously. And yes, Jake was flawless in October Sky (at age 16 or 17), and outstanding in Jarhead. IMO, there's not an actor in Hollywood who works harder or with more dedication. Isn't it about time we let him live down Prince of Persia?

  • Nadiney

    THat exact cast in a series set in the 20'2 to 40's as noir detectives, or in the 70's as cops chasing serial killers up and down the highways

  • Skyler Durden

    I'll say it. I liked Love and Other Drugs. It gave me all of the feels.

  • Irina

    I just can't take him seriously without his Prince of Persia hair. And accent.

  • The Pink Hulk

    I love him. Like LOVE him love him. But what the hell was that clip?

  • Arran

    What I don't believe either this or the linked story mentions is that it was linked on Craigslist as if it actually were a guy begging for a job. Viral marketing thing.

  • Naye

    That was my life lls. Ughhh I need a new job.

  • poopnado

    Will he ever do better than Donnie Darko? The fire in my pants says NO.

  • John W

    I'd love to see Michelle Williams in TD.

  • Bananapanda

    Jarhead was quite excellent too.

  • dizzylucy

    He's an actor I've always liked, so I'm glad he's getting to do really good work. Choosing smaller, more interesting films vs. the big blockbusters is working for him.

  • ed newman

    I think both the movie and his performance in October Sky are under appreciated. And I agree that his work lately has been very good. I'm not sure what that clip was though.

  • JustOP

    Gyllenhaal has been destroying it for a while now. Havn't watched a film of his I didn't enjoy... I think ever - his works with Villeneuve have been amongst my favourite films of the past few years. Hopefully he continues collaborating with him.

  • Modernlove

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Casey Affleck, and Michelle Williams for TD2.

    Take all of my money.

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    It's true! I seen it!

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