“I’ve only read a handful of scripts in my career that I had a response like I had to this one,” reveals Jake Gyllenhaal as we chat about his new film “Nocturnal Animals.” He elaborates, “I was left with a vibration from it. I was shaken by the whole experience of reading it.” The thriller from second-time director Tom Ford (“A Single Man”) has Gyllenhaal playing Tony Hastings, an author who sends his ex-wife (Amy Adams) a violent book with symbolic ties to their marriage. As she reads the book, she imagines the central character of Edward Sheffield as her ex-husband, giving Gyllenhaal a dual role. Co-stars include Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, and Laura Linney.
The movie is now being seen by critics and industry insiders before its limited release on November 18 and national roll-out on December 9. Of the overwhelming positive reactions to date, Gyllenhaal admits, “As an actor, you lose the opportunity to see a movie that you’re in once you decide or someone wants you to be in it. But you can always go back to the first time you read the screenplay, and if the audience’s feeling matches that feeling, you’ve done something successful.”
Gyllenhaal received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for “Brokeback Mountain” (2005). He has had two Golden Globe bids for his leading roles in “Love and Other Drugs” (2010) and “Nightcrawler” (2014). Other films in his career have included “October Sky” (1999), “Donnie Darko” (2001), “The Good Girl” (2002), “”Jarhead” (2005), “Zodiac” (2007), “End of Watch” (2012), “Prisoners” (2013), “Enemy” (2013), and “Southpaw” (2015).
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