Jake Gyllenhaal has played his share of intense characters — a star-crossed cowboy in Brokeback Mountain , a streetwise LAPD officer in End of Watch , a cold-blooded crime-scene chronicler in Nightcrawler — but none was more fraught, or rewarding, than his breakout role in Donnie Darko. During a recent appearance on The Jess Cagle Interview to promote his new film Demolition , Gyllenhaal said the psychodrama about a troubled teen plagued by enigmatic visions resonated with him in a way few other films had. So if that gives you any insight into who I am and how I pick roles, then I hope it does. Gyllenhaal added that Donnie Darko which was written and directed by Richard Kelly represents one of his favorite movies he's made, and one he's most proud of. Even though it doesn't depict his worldview in a literal sense, Gyllenhaal said that "there are a lot of things in there that I believe about the world. Watch Gyllenhaal chat about Donnie Darko , as well as his full interview with Cagle, in the videos above.
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