Jake Gyllenhaal Thinks Humans Are Controlled By the Moon
While talking about his upcoming movie Southpaw and his life/career in general to Esquire UK, the actor discussed how intensely he prepares for each film he's in, giving his "scientific" take on how the celestial body affects people while he was at it.
"I believe deeply in the unconscious," the 34-year-old actor told the mag. "That you literally accumulate the molecules of the space that you're in. We're like 90 percent water, so naturally we are going to be affected by the moon when it's full: if the sea is, why wouldn't we be? That seems scientific to me."
"So, if you spend enough time in whatever environment your character would exist in – the way I spent six months with police officers – then the molecules of that environment must transfer somehow," he continued. "And then you put it on screen, and people go, 'I feel something that I don't normally feel.'"
Essentially, Jake's belief in that theory helps him fully commit every time he takes on a role. "He puts everything into every scene," the Esquire UK writer wrote, adding that for Jake, "empathy has a molecular, even mystical quality." That commitment took Jake from a non-boxer to a ripped, butt-kicking boxing machine by the time it was time to shoot Southpaw, for example.
Everest director Baltasar Kormákur recalled when Jake's dedication to his role in the film almost made him lose his hearing. They were shooting in the Dolomite mountain range in Italy in -30 degree temps and Jake's character died of hypothermia. So, he laid down in the snow, packed in ice while they were filming. "He almost lost his hearing," the filmmaker said. "His inner ear was frozen. His nostril hairs were frozen. And he wasn't even getting that well-paid!"
It was that commitment and Jake's personality that inspired the director to make him a part of the film in the first place. Baltasar describes Jake as "a bit of an oddball," saying he hired him to put a "different energy" in his cast, and "Gyllenhaal brought that in spades."
"He'll probably hate me for saying this, but he reminded me of Edward Norton's character in Birdman," the director continued. "Brilliant when he's acting, but weird in between, you know? He has a great sense of humor, but it's not politically correct, necessarily. Like he makes fun of people's accents, and he can go off in that direction, it's actually quite brave. He gets away with it because it's always in a loving way."
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