Losing/gaining weight for a role is a tried and true Hollywood attention getter. This viral ad for the upcoming indie crime drama Nightcrawler shows a painfully thin-looking Gyllenhaal making a series of pitches for work. In the movie, Gyllenhaal plays struggling reporter Lou Bloom and reportedly dropped 20 pounds for the role, and injured his hand during shooting by punching a mirror while deep in character. Gyllenhaal explained the rationale behind his weight loss;
“I knew that [Lou] was literally and figuratively hungry, so I tried to get into a mode where I was always a bit hungry.”
Nightcrawler, marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy, also co-stars Rene Russo and Bill Paxton and opens October 17.
(via Vanity Fair)