WEIRDLAND: Jake Gyllenhaal on his love of stage, Whitey Bulger (Matt Damon & Ben Affleck)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal on his love of stage, Whitey Bulger (Matt Damon & Ben Affleck)

Asked about a return to the West End in a radio interview with Magic FM, the Brokeback Mountain and Donnie Darko star replied: "Definitely. I love it here and I loved working here on the stage." Gyllenhaal proceeded to drop a massive hint to one prospective employer, heaping praise on Kevin Spacey's star-led programming at the Old Vic. "The Old Vic is such an incredible institution and an amazing theatre space," he continued. "I would love to work there. And if that temptation calls, I will answer in one way or another."

This Is Our Youth (written by Kenneth Lonergan) has proved a star-maker of a play, and Gyllenhaal's fellow actors in that production included Star Wars' Hayden Christensen and Anna Paquin, now best known for True Blood.

Later casts included Matt Damon, Casey Affleck and Alison Lohman, while Juno actor Michael Cera led a Sydney Opera House production last year. Source:

Matt Damon and Anna Paquin in "Margaret" (2011) directed by Kenneth Lonergan

Warner Bros is making a deal with Aaron Stockard to do script work on the Whitey Bulger movie that Ben Affleck plans to direct, with Matt Damon playing New England’s most notorious gangster and a man who has inspired numerous movie and TV bad guys, most recently played by James Woods on the Showtime series Ray Donovan. Affleck and Damon are producing through their Warners-based Pearl Street banner.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting" (1997) directed by Gus Van Sant.

The script was originated by Boardwalk Empire creator and writer Terrence Winter, and the hiring of Stockard shows that Affleck and Damon are serious even though there is a rival project, Black Mass, that threatens to go into production first. Stockard worked with Affleck as a writer on his directing vehicles Gone Baby Gone and The Town.

Deadline broke the story on the film in late 2011, and the plan is for Affleck to also co-star along with Damon and his brother Casey Affleck, making it a real Good Will Hunting reunion. Source:

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