Promotional Photoshoot of Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena in 'End of Watch' (directed by David Ayer) on 21st April 2011 in LA
Jake Gyllenhaal has a knack for picking perfect roles.
"Like a disorienting dream, Jake Gyllenhaal's new action-thriller, Source Code, opens with a scene on a Chicago commuter train eight minutes before it is blown up by a terrorist's bomb.
The film, which is directed by Englishman Duncan Jones (Moon) and co- starring Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga, is like a jigsaw puzzle, with audiences collecting a new piece with each scene, unravelling the mystery of the terrorist's identity.
''Because there were so many clues, everybody involved with making the movie had to be so tuned in to what those clues were, particularly Duncan and I,'' Gyllenhaal says. ''We had to be very clear about that. If we ever veered off that, it would be incredibly confusing. We had to keep things simple so we could tell a very complicated story clearly.''
The 30-year-old asks that not too much of the Source Code plot is revealed by the media, hoping audiences go in fresh and unravel the mystery just as he did when he first read the script. ''My decision to do this movie was all about the story, even more than the character I play, although the character finds himself in a difficult, disorienting situation,'' he says.
''It brought up a lot of questions, like: 'What would happen if you were reborn? What would it be like if you had to deal with birth and death on an hourly, minute-by-minute basis?'''The film also had Gyllenhaal and his co-stars asking themselves how they would react if told they only had eight minutes left to live.
Gyllenhaal has been a favourite of the paparazzi after a number of failed high-profile romances with actresses including Kirsten Dunst and Reese Witherspoon and last year's short-lived fling with country-music star Taylor Swift. When Gyllenhaal is finished pondering changing history by inhabiting JFK or Lincoln's body, he is asked a more personal question.
If he had just eight minutes to live, would he use that time to apologise to someone he had wronged? ''Yes, I would'', he laughs. ''But you're definitely not going to get the name of the person I'd apologise to.'' Source: www.theage.com.au
"Source Code is a puzzle of a film", says director Duncan Jones.
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