He has played an intelligent but obsessed lover, a vulnerable macho and an action hero. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal has now clubbed all his on-screen qualities for Duncan Jones’s sci-fi thriller Source Code, that releases in India this Friday.
Gyllenhaal plays Colter Stevens, a military pilot commandeered to test drive a top-secret program that inserts an operative into a parallel reality to assume someone else’s identity. Over and over again, Stevens is thrust into a Chicago commuter train eight minutes before it blows up to attempt to uncover the identity of the bomber. Each time it explodes, he comes back before being sent back to repeat the loop. Doing multiple takes of one scene was a challenge for the actor.
“The first day of shooting was nerve-racking. Although we had rehearsed like crazy and knew what and where every person would be doing, we knew we could never ever off that course,” Gyllenhaal says.
“I would often do six or seven pages of script by myself. I’d play a whole scene out, then Duncan would let me go right back in. So it wasn’t about gathering pieces, it was more like theatre. I felt very empowered as an actor, as you would on stage,” he adds.
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Name: Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal
Debut: City Slickers (1991)
Known for: October Sky, Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain
Latest Flick: Source Code
Relationship status: Single