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Analyzing Jake Gyllenhaal's Musical Theatre Potential for 'Little Shop of Horrors'

By Vivian Kane | Miscellaneous | April 14, 2015 |

By Vivian Kane | Miscellaneous | April 14, 2015 |



It was announced today that Jake Gyllenhaal will be playing Seymour in a short-run concert production of Little Shop of Horrors. Does this seem like a strange choice? Gyllenhaal has been hitting the acting renaissance/image reformation pretty hard recently. He’s definitely carving out a name for himself as one of the most underrated actors working today. But Seymour? Instinctively, he seems perfect for the shy, nerdy Seymour, made famous by Rick Moranis.
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Until you remember that the Jake Gyllenhaal in your mind looks like this:
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Or maybe even like this:
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But actual Jake Gyllenhaal now looks like this:
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Hmm, right. Okay, but can he sing? Well, he certainly has the ability to sing words from his mouth.

Here he is singing a little bit. (Okay, it’s basically just Anna Kendrick smiling.)

But have you ever heard him talk about singing? It apparently freaks him right the f*ck out.

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Even thinking about singing makes him make Chrissy Teigen face.
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Okay, so singing might not be his favorite thing or even a thing he’s great at, but we DO know that he has the ability to overcome that fear and commit 100% a performance when demanded of him.

So sure, this may seem like a strange choice, but this isn’t a Broadway run he’s taken on. It’s a two-night concert production and he’ll be sandwiched in between Taran Killam as the dentist and Ellen Greene, the original Audrey. So I think we can all be sure that this show will be fun and fine and pretty much none of us will see it anyway.



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