More than 10 years have passed since the film caused a sensation, scoring Oscar nominations for stars Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger , as well as awarding director Ang Lee his first Oscar statuette. So when the movie had the response that it had …. Gyllenhaal adds that rehearsal played a key role in developing his rapport with co-star Ledger, and in building their characters. He also reels at the ongoing legacy of the film as a classic story of two men in love.
Specifically, the chair he dragged across the fancy hotel suite so that he could sit in a normal, upright position, rather than recline on the designated chaise longue that had been set up for him next to me. The chair is a good call — having Gyllenhaal lie back while I ask about his life story might have made this encounter seem a little bit too much like a therapy session. Life follows many tropes of the genre, but with enough neat twists and lessons on human nature to keep it interesting. And so he did just that. The director, Daniel Espinosa, gave him the freedom to build his own character, Dr David Jordan, and Gyllenhaal opted for a largely speechless introvert with minimal desire to ever return to Earth. I think I am fully committed to being here.
The film, directed by Dan Gilroy, starts streaming Friday and parodies the Los Angeles art world through camp and gore. The cast, which also includes Rene Russo, John Malkovich, Toni Colette, Natalia Dyer, and Zawe Ashton, portrays narcissistic art world insiders who encounter a possessed art collection. Gyllenhaal appears naked with both his male and female onscreen partners, creating many steamy moments in the film.
In an interview with Today , Gyllenhaal says Ledger would speak out against the homophobic jokes. Like, no. It was crazy.