Jake Gyllenhaal: I miss Heath Ledger

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Box Office: John Green’s ‘Paper Towns’ Nabs $6.35M Friday, Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Southpaw’ Hits $6.25M.

The 34-year-old “Southpaw” star, who earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Ledger’s lover in the romantic drama, said it is unfortunate that we won’t be able to see more of the late “The Dark Knight” actor, reported E! Online. “Listening to (the clip) brings me back to thinking about doing that scene with Heath and the honour it was to work with him and the beauty of his work.

The Southpaw actor recalled a hysterical story about wanting to be in The Mighty Ducks during a visit to Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show on Wednesday, July 22. The gladiatorial thrill of the sweet science, pitting men (and women) in the ring with no place to hide and no one to blame, is great drama, as are the dire socio-economic conditions and scent of larceny that are never too far from the combatants. The film is playing less like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (which made $8m on Thursday alone and went on to a grand $48m weekend) and more like last August’s teen melodrama If I Stay.

Gyllenhaal said starring in the film, which was directed by Ang Lee of “Life of Pi” fame, brought him closer to Ledger and made him appreciate important things in life. “I think losing Heath and being a part of a family that was like something like that movie we made together makes you see that, makes you appreciate that and hopefully moves you away from the things that really don’t matter to the things that do,” he said. But his parents, director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, didn’t let him accept the new gig. “My parents were like, ‘Look, you’re about to enter junior high school, you gotta get your education, that’s the most important thing. That Chloe Grace Moretz drama, from Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. and based on Gayle Forman’s novel, earned $15.6m on opening weekend off a $6.8m Friday and ended up with $50m domestic and $78m worldwide on an $11m budget.

I promise you, you hate us now, but you’ll thank us later,'” Gyllenhaal said. “And I do.” Gyllenhaal may have said goodbye to Charlie Conway, Coach Bombay, and what could have been, but he was, oddly enough, allowed to appear in other movies around the same time. Paper Towns, which stars Natt Wolf and Cara Delevigne (starring in Suicide Squad next year among other projects), cost $12m to produce and should end the weekend with around $14.3m on its way to a relatively solid under/over $45m domestic total. Billy’s reason for living is his wife (Rachel McAdams) and their daughter (Oona Laurence), but when a tragedy threatens to cost him everything he holds dear, he has to slam into several rock bottoms before he get backs on his feet. “At his lowest point, Billy humbles himself and asks the owner of a skid-row gym (Forest Whitaker) for help getting back on top and gets the sort of gruff life lessons ripped from the Burgess Meredith playbook,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty, in his C+ review. “Gyllenhaal and Whitaker’s wary friendship is the film’s high point.” Southpaw was written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter as a starring vehicle for Eminem. The rapper and 8 Mile star eventually declined — though he executive produced the soundtrack and contributed the film’s song, “Phenomenal” — opening the door for Gyllenhaal to tackle another transformational physical performance following his acclaimed turn in last year’s Nightcrawler.

He convinced director Antoine Fuqua, a boxer himself, that he could handle the physical demands in the gym and the ring, and Harvey Weinstein is already trumpeting the 34-year-old as an Oscar candidate. Come what may, this solid debut establishes John Green as a somewhat bankable author presuming the budgets don’t soar out of control from here on out. He’s thrilling to watch and the only unpredictable thing in a two-hours-plus movie where you can count on one hand the number of moments that aren’t hand-me-downs from better boxing films like Rocky, Raging Bull, and Fat City.” “Forget boxing.

Expect a $16m weekend, which would make it Gyllenhaal’s sixth-biggest debut and one of his bigger non-blockbuster (Prince of Persia, Day After Tomorrow) openings. But Jake Gyllenhaal finds the emotional through line in Sutter’s script, showing us someone who wants to feel pain, wants to be pummeled, wants to die, and wants to fight the world.

It’s one of the great performances of a man being eaten up inside…” “Gyllenhaal goes deep with his performance, with a touch of Brando-esque mumbling in his line deliveries, and some bursts of rage that would make Sean Penn blush. Occasionally it feels like grandstanding — acting for the sake of getting people to say, “Now THAT’S acting” — but overall it’s immensely effective work.” “Gyllenhaal proves himself a compelling, even mesmerizing presence amidst the action, even at its most hyperbolic and cliched. … Southpaw may be rote, predictable and mawkish, but none of those faults lie in its star. Even when he looks like an unholy mess, he transcends the movie he’s in.” “The trouble with Gyllenhaal is that he shows little range, not from role to role but within roles. It was produced by the Dalian Wanda Group, the conglomerate that owns Wanda Pictures.It will be interesting to see whether its financial origins will allow it to slide in (or get a special waiver) in terms of China’s 34-film quota.

The only thing surprising is how far he takes what he does without varying his tone. … It’s a brilliant, dull performance.” “One reason to wish Gyllenhall had gone for 7 or 8 out of 10 instead of 14 is that the movie isn’t very good. Each banality just sort of paces shamelessly back and forth, flashing at you like a body in a red-light district.” “If you admire the shameless in cinema, if you consider yourself a connoisseur of contrivance, you’re going to have to tip your glove in the direction of Southpaw, a boxing melodrama so gleefully preposterous attention must be paid.” “Particularly during the film’s first half, Fuqua deploys such a heavy directorial hand that he all but puts a chokehold on the material; he doesn’t seem to be observing Billy’s decline so much as actively trying to break his spirit, as though having the character hit rock bottom numerous times would encourage our empathy rather than leave us feeling crudely manipulated.” “It’s an old story of rise, ruin, and redemption in the boxing ring. But this is a genre with especially sturdy bones, and when Southpaw connects, which is more often than you might expect, you feel it down to your toes.

As such, the fact that the film only made around $260k today and will likely fail to break $700k for the weekend is a little embarrassing but not too traumatic. The cast makes it matter, certainly more than Kurt Sutter’s heartfelt but trite script.” “It wouldn’t be a fight picture without a ruthless businessman, a gruff coach or a suffering wife.

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