A new Jake Gyllenhaal interview for British Esquire is officially my favorite thing of the day.
So, we’ve never really had any reason to assume Jake Gyllenhaal has jumped the ship, right? Meaning, he’s never pulled any Charlie Sheen, Shia LeBeouf, or Lindsay Lohan-esque antics…. until now.
Gylleenhaal just opened up to British Esquire about his approach to acting when he dropped such gems as:
I believe deeply in the unconscious. That you literally accumulate the molecules of the space that you’re in. We’re like 90 per cent 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. And then you put it on screen, and people go, ‘I feel something that I don’t normally feel.’
Yes, Jake Gyllenhaal, yes. Tell me more.
There’s a hierarchy of importance, and actors are way down. I get that my job is absurd. I’m hyper-aware of how ridiculous it is. But at the same time, I take it extraordinarily seriously! Because as absurd as it is, it can also breed empathy.
Yes, it can breed empathy Jake. It can. Unfortunately, that might not help you if you’ve completely fallen off the deep end already, but hopefully that’s not the case.
At least he’s still cute?