Jake Gyllenhaal Has Appeared In Diverse Roles Since His First Lead Role In

Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal


He has appeared in diverse roles since his first lead role in 1999′s October Sky, followed by the 2001 indie cult hit Donnie Darko, in which he played a psychologically troubled teen and onscreen brother to his real-life sister, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. Maggie Gyllenhaal, his older sister and also an actress, appeared with Jake in the movie Donnie Darko. Gyllenhaal appeared in the 1993 film A Dangerous Woman (along with sister Maggie); in “Bop Gun” a 1994 episode of Homicide: Life on the Street; and in the 1998 comedy Homegrown. The film, directed by Richard Kelly, is set in 1988 and stars Gyllenhaal as a troubled teenager who, after narrowly escaping death, experiences visions of a 6 foot (1.8 m) tall rabbit named Frank who tells him that the world is coming to an end. Gyllenhaal’s performance was well-received by critics; Gary Mairs of Culture Vulture wrote that “Gyllenhaal manages the difficult trick of seeming both blandly normal and profoundly disturbed, often within the same scene.” After the critical success of Donnie Darko, Gyllenhaal’s next role was as Pilot Kelston in 2002′s Highway alongside Jared Leto.

Jake Gyllenhaal Eats Worms Jake Gyllenhaal Proved He Is Not Afraid Of

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The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting at age ten. His last native Swedish ancestor was his great-great-grandfather, Anders Leonard Gyllenhaal. His parents did not allow him to appear in the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks because it would have required him leaving home for two months. Gyllenhaal dropped out after two years to concentrate on acting, but has expressed intentions to eventually finish his degree. Gyllenhaal’s performance was well-received by critics; Gary Mairs of Culture Vulture wrote that “Gyllenhaal manages the difficult trick of seeming both blandly normal and profoundly disturbed, often within the same scene.” After the critical success of Donnie Darko, Gyllenhaal’s next role was as Pilot Kelston in 2002′s Highway alongside Jared Leto.

Jake Gyllenhaal Eats Worms Jake Gyllenhaal proved he is not afraid of a meaty challenge on survival expert Bear Grylls’ upcoming TV special by eating a worm on camera.  … [link]