If you've seen Jake Gyllenhaal recently, you're probably wondering: Yikes! What the eff happened to that dude?? The answer: Gyllenhaal has gone all kinds of crazy method actor on his latest project, Nightcrawler. First he lost 20 pounds to play his character, a crime scene reporter, and now? The guy went and got himself hospitalized (briefly) after punching a glass mirror while filming a scene!! According to a "source," "Jake flipped out ... His character was looking into a mirror during the scene and punched the mirror in anger and broke it, cutting himself so bad he had to be taken to a hospital."
Whoa! Kinda makes you wonder if something else was going on, doesn't it? I mean, is the Gyllenhaal having girl/booze/drug troubles?? Nope, says the same source, "The scene was emotionally charged and his character was talking into a mirror and he got so into it, he banged his hands against the mirror and it broke and cut him."
"It was all the scene and not because he was mad about anything else."
Well, I guess that clears things up. But just because Gyllenhaal's freakout isn't related to any of the problems we expect actors to have when they pull this kind of stunt doesn't mean he's not on a dangerous path. Sounds to me like the star is getting a bit too caught up in his craft, if you get my drift -- method acting gone horribly awry. It happens! Fairly often, too. Here are just a few examples of serious thespians who took their jobs way too far:
1. Christian Bale lost so much weight for The Machinist nobody can watch the film without cringing. Fact.
2. Joaquin Phoenix actually convinced the world at large that he'd gone batsh*t crazy for his faux documentary, I'm Still Here.
3. Shia LaBeouf actually had sex onscreen in Nymphomaniac.
4. Heath Ledger refused to speak with anyone out of character, even off-set, when playing the Joker in The Dark Knight.
5. Adrian Brody practiced the piano for four hours a day while preparing to film The Pianist.
Now that's what I call dedication. (Best to leave the hospitalization part out if possible, though.)
Do you think Jake Gyllenhaal is taking his role too seriously?
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