JAKE GYLLENHAAL (Anthony Swofford) has established himself as one of the most promising young actors of his generation. With an impressive and diverse list of film credits, he continues to gain attention from audiences and critics alike with each new character that he brings to life. This year's performances will serve as no exception, and will continue to add to his series of powerful performances.
In addition to Jarhead, Gyllenhaal will also be seen starring in Focus Features' highly anticipated adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, playing the coveted role of Jack opposite Heath Ledger. The film, which chronicles an intense relationship between two Wyoming stockmen, is directed by Ang Lee and will be released on December 9, 2005.
Most recently, Gyllenhaal was seen starring opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins in Miramax's screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof, directed by John Madden. The film tells the story of a daughter who must come to the aid of her math
professor father as he slowly loses touch with reality and was released in September.
In August 2005, Gyllenhaal began production on Zodiac, the Paramount and Warner Bros.' serial-killer thriller helmed by David Fincher. Gyllenhaal will portray Graysmith, a San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist who began tracking the mystery of the serial killer, The Zodiac, who terrorized the San Francisco area from 1966 through 1978—committing at least 37 murders and documenting his exploits in taunting letters sent to the Chronicle.
Gyllenhaal also starred in the international box office success, 20th Century Fox's The Day After Tomorrow. In the film, directed by Roland Emmerich, Gyllenhaal starred opposite Dennis Quaid in the futuristic depiction of the devastating effects of global warming on Earth.
Gyllenhaal was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best actor in the critically acclaimed Donnie Darko with his poignant portrayal of the title character. A favorite at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, the Newmarket release combined elements of mystical fantasy and science fiction with teenage romance. The film was directed by first-timer Richard Kelly and co-starred Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone and Noah Wyle. The film has generated an amazing cult following throughout the last two years. The film will be re-released this year in select cities nationwide.
Gyllenhaal starred in another Sundance favorite in 2002, The Good Girl, portraying a young man who falls in love and has a torrid affair with a married woman (Jennifer Aniston). In his role as Holden Worther, Gyllenhaal was coined as the modern-day Holden Caulfield, again exalting a film to cult status. The dark comedy was directed by Miguel Arteta, and also starred John C. Reilly, Zooey Deschanel, and Tim Blake Nelson. The film was distributed by Fox Searchlight.
Gyllenhaal starred in another Sundance favorite in 2002, The Good Girl, portraying a young man who falls in love and has a torrid affair with a married woman (Jennifer Aniston). In his role as Holden Worther, Gyllenhaal was coined as the modern-day Holden Caulfield, again exalting a film to cult status. The dark comedy was directed by Miguel Arteta, and also starred John C. Reilly, Zooey Deschanel and Tim Blake Nelson. The film was distributed by Fox Searchlight.
Gyllenhaal's relationship with the Sundance Film Festival continued last year as co-host of the 2004 film festival alongside Zooey Deschanel, his co-star in The Good Girl.
In the fall of 2002, Gyllenhaal starred in Touchstone's Moonlight Mile, opposite Dustin
Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and Holly Hunter. The film was written and directed by Brad Silberling. Set in New England in the early '70s, the film explores issues of loss and grieving after the fiancĂ©e of Gyllenhaal's character is murdered.
Marking his theater debut, Gyllenhaal appeared on the London stage in Kenneth Lonerga
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