The A-list actor, 39, has earned his place in Hollywood stardom thanks to his starring roles in numerous highly acclaimed movies. Scroll down as we reveal the highlights of his amazing career on the big screen!
1) “Donnie Darko”
Gyllenhaal’s breakthrough performance was as a psychologically tormented teenager in the movie “Donnie Darko” in 2001.
Donnie is a black sheep in a crazy world ruled by adults and teachers who want to burn books. His only friend is a giant rabbit who give him the odd premonition that he has to save the world.
The movie became a cult-film classic despite its initial flop at the box office. Jake’s extraordinary performance received rave reviews. The role portrays beautifully the complex experience of moving from adolescence into adulthood.
2) Brokeback Mountain
Gyllenhaal began to move away from his teenage roles and into more adult characters with “Brokeback Mountain” in 2005. Set in the 1960s, it follows the story of two cowboys, played by Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, who work together on a remote mountain and begin a romantic affair.
They form a strong bond throughout the decades while they hide their relationship from their families. Both Gyllenhaal and Ledger received Oscar nominations for their remarkable performances in the movie.
David Fincher’s “Zodiac” released in 2007 is the movie masterpiece of the director’s career. The film explores through several years the investigation into the serial killer Zodiac.
Gyllenhaal plays Robert Graysmith, a cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the gruesome murders. His performance is excellent and captivating in a story full of twists and turns that grips the audience from start to finish.
Jake Gyllenhaal landed the role of detective Loki in “Prisoners” in 2013 without even doing an audition, because “Dune” director Denis Villeneuve had such a good time filming “Enemy” a previous movie together that he cast him directly for the leading role.
Hugh Jackman plays a father whose little daughter has been kidnapped. Gyllenhaal is the cop assigned to solve the case. An exciting thriller mystery with intense performances that captivated audiences.
Jake is such a versatile actor who can play typical movie star roles in Hollywood with ease, while also choosing much more interesting challenging and complex roles in independent movies.
In 2014, he portrayed Lou Bloom in “Nightcrawler”, a determined but disturbed man desperate for work who discovers the seedy and profitable business world of L.A. crime journalism. The actor lost 30 pounds for his finest performance to date. His character is creepy and perverse and probably takes the American dream a little too far.
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