Jake Gyllenhaal plumbs even deeper depths in Nightcrawler, a timely look at today’s in-your-face media. (Interview and photo courtesy of Deadline.com.)
What appealed to you about taking on this film, as the star as well as producer?
This character was beautifully written. The dialogue is pretty extraordinary. And as soon as I read it, just even the style—which if you read the script itself—was an amazing read. I found it satirical. In fact, the irony of it is that I think it’s incredibly funny. I think there are not many movies that are subversively communicating an idea through a character. I think we all have a part of ourselves who is a little bit like Lou. We all (should) feel a little complicit in creating Lou because he’s a product of our need to consume. I speak for myself, and I definitely was complicit in creating Lou.