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Watch: A Gaunt & Desperate Jake Gyllenhaal In A Viral Teaser For ‘Nightcrawler’

Watch: A Gaunt & Desperate Jake Gyllenhaal In A Viral Teaser For ‘Nightcrawler’

You may remember earlier this year seeing a rather rail-thin Jake Gyllenhaal at red carpets and other public appearances. You may also remember reports that the actor had gone to the hospital because he had badly cut his hand with glass after punching a mirror. No, this wasn’t the sign of Hollywood excess or a troubled actor in a downward spiral— it was all for a role in a new movie.

Titled “Nightcrawler,” the crime thriller is the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy, the writer of “Freejack” and “Chasers,” the co-writer of “The Bourne Legacy” and brother of Tony Gilroy (the screenwriter behind the ‘Bourne’ series, “Michael Clayton” among many others). “Nightcrawler” is about an out of work man (Gyllenhaal) who man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.

A new viral clip has emerged and it hints at the desperation in unemployment that leads Gyllenhaal’s character down the path that sets this movie in motion. It’s less than a minute teaser, but yes, the actor is gaunt and the footage is definitely intriguing. It gives us a quick taste of what to expect, but it’s really only the first layer of unpeeling the onion, with lots more to be revealed. The actor lost twenty pounds for the role too.

“Nightcrawler” co-stars Bill Paxton, Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed. And you can bet any money, given that a viral video has hit now, we’ll see it during the fall film festival season. Our guess is at least the Toronto International Film Festival. But the movie does already have distribution. “Nightcrawler” is scheduled for a October 17 release via Open Road Films. Watch the clip below with more to come soon, we’re sure.

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Comments

JB

love it! hope it screens at TIFF this year

Washington

rail thin?

Tyler

The new Christian Bale

Bob

I am impressed by his last roles, End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy, he has an impressive range,
It turns out he is an amazing actor.

Weight Watchers

We get it, he lost weight for the role which seems to be the only thing play list cares about as the article mentions it several times. If someone didn't know Jake's work they would not have known he had lost weight if the article did not keep stressing it. That being said I get why he lost weight for the role- the look is creepy and based on the screen play the character Lou is creepy. I am sorry to say this but Jake's look ( no offense to skinny creepy looking guys) fits the character which I believe people would get without Playlist running commentary on Jake's weight loss. I can't see Lou being the handsome squared jaw Gyllenhaal that I am used to seeing.

I don't believe Jake is pursing awards but pursing better roles in the last few years, his choices have led him to some great character roles.

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