Iconic Interview: Jake Gyllenhaal on 'Nightcrawler'

November 4, 2014 10:52 PM

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Every time I tune in to the local news, I end up subjected to an onslaught of personal tragedies exploited to portray a city overrun with random acts of violence -- a frightening place proven to provide the maximum audience draw in its time slot. When I watched Jake Gyllenhaal's inspired performance in Nightcrawler, I got that familiar queasy feeling, which to me signaled success for a film that aims at full immersion into this particular, sordid world.

With a disturbing mix of frenetic entrepreneurship and clinical detachment, Gyllenhaal's character, Lou Bloom, trolls the airwaves with his police scanner, tracking down bloody incidents occurring in the right economic bracket, and records the aftermath to sell to a local news station. The budding c...

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