Jake Gyllenhaal dropped 30lbs for the movie, ‘Nightcrawler.’ “I made a lot of choices physically,” the actor, who ran 15 miles a day just going between his house and the set, said.
In the film, Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a wild-eyed paparazzo who stalks the moonlit streets of Los Angeles in search of sordid and shocking news. Although no one would call him beefy, the star wanted to look as gaunt as his on-screen alter ego, which meant subsisting on a diet of kale salad and chewing gum while filming the role.
According to the actor, this diet, along with all the running, took a toll on his body and his personal life.
“The running thing, you’re pretty hungry because you’re not eating a lot of food,” Gyllenhaal said. “You’re lonely because you’re not meeting your friends for dinner. People go, ‘Hey, you want to meet for dinner after work?’ I go, ‘Well, I’m shooting all night.’ ‘All right, you want to meet for lunch?’ I’m like, ‘I can’t!’ So I’m gonna go run.”
It was also a transformation that Gyllenhaal didn’t notice until well after the fact, when the movie was in post-production.
“I don’t think I was aware,” he said. “I don’t think I was aware until a few months ago and we were going through all the cuts, and you start to separate from the character and go, ‘Wow,’ you know?”
(Source: Page Six)