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Jake Gyllenhaal On the Political Legacy of 'Brokeback Mountain' And What The Film Means to Him - VIDEO

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Speaking with HuffPost Live, Jake Gyllenhaal shared his thoughts on 2005's Brokeback Mountain, the film's legacy and political significance, and how his career changed after filling Jack Twist's boots. 

Said Gyllenhaal: 

Gyllenhaal1It's a beautiful story and it was very successful in many different ways and so that's what brought a lot of the attention. And it was at the time, culturally, it gave me the idea that movies can be important. That they do have some sort of political value...it's become something beyond what any of us could have imagined.

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You can catch Gyllenhaal in theaters in the crime thriller Nightcrawler. Check out our review here

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Weekend Movies: Jake Gyllenhaal is Brilliant in 'Nightcrawler'

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Jake Gyllenhaal's got something to sell - "I think you'll want to see this"  

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

It would be disingenuous to claim that Jake Gyllenhaal is unrecognizable in NIGHTCRAWLER. It's hard not to commit Gyllenhaal to memory once you've seen him. But it would be true to say that he is less recognizable in Nightcrawler. The effect is not unlike the rubberneck squinting at the new Renée Zellweger, trying to place the differences that unsettle you. The actor dropped 30 lbs to play his new character and lived on the night shift to prepare and it wasn't for the strenuously faux-noble reason of biographic fidelity. It must be method madness that led him to burrow into this altogether terrific star turn as Lou Bloom, a gaunt sleepless thief turned "journalist". The big difference with this Gyllenhaal is in the eyes. Those big impossibly romantic orbs have lost all their soft blueness. They're suddenly bulging from their skull, like they want to escape it. Or like they're planning to hypnotize you while the mouth delivers its mechanical sales pitch.

And with Lou Bloom, the sales pitch never stop. The night owl approaches each conversation like it's a job interview, checking off catchphrases and talking points from his mental checklist. This is all well and good for the film's first reel when Lou is trying to find a job. But when he chances upon an accident one night and sees nightcrawling freelancers filming it, the search is over; he makes it his mission to join this profession. It's here where his can-do "I'm a hard worker" salesmanship begins to ferment and spook.

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Jimmy Fallon Have a Water War: VIDEO

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The card game War like you've never seen it played before.

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Ellen Scares the Bejesus Out of Jake Gyllenhaal: VIDEO

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Jake Gyllenhaal might have suspected that when Ellen DeGeneres invited him on her show to talk about Nightcrawler and the other dark films he has been attracted to in recent years, that she was going to pull a scare on him, but it sure didn't seem like it.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Is Calm, Cool and Creepy In New 'Nightcrawler' Trailer: VIDEO

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A second trailer has been released for Nightcrawler - the upcoming psychological thriller starring Jake Gyllenhall as a desperately ambitious cameraman who seeks out murder scenes, fires and car crashes to sell footage to broadcast television networks. 

The film looks equal parts unsettling and interesting - and the opening scene from the trailer even reminded me (very briefly) of Brokeback Mountain.  

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And if you missed the first trailer, you can watch it HERE

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Is Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' His Darkest Role Since 'Donnie Darko'? - VIDEO

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In what may be his darkest role since Donnie Darko actor Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the upcoming psychological thriller Nightcrawler as Lou Bloom a desperately ambitious cameraman who seeks out murder scenes, fires and car crashes to sell to broadcast television.

Apparently, Bloom’s ambition and nighttime activities turn him into a frightening creature — aided, of course, by the 20 pounds that Gyllenhaal dropped for the role. Gyllenhaal played an obsessed journalist hunting down a serial killer in the 2007 film Zodiac, but in that film he was a good guy. Nightcrawler has Gyllenhaal returning to his antihero roots where the line between good guy and monster gets blurrier with each frame .

The film also features Rene Russo playing “a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news.” It comes out in theaters October 17.

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