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Jake Gyllenhaal On Real Intimacy And Filming Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Enemy’

When Jake Gyllenhaal was in the red chair, he spoke with George about how his life dovetailed with that of his character in Denis Villeneuve's Enemy.

Before he took on the role, Villeneuve sent him a letter attempting to persuade him to sign on.

"I think I was just questioning all the same things he wrote about in this letter," Gyllenhaal said. "This was a movie about identity. It was a movie about commitment to oneself. Commitment ultimately to real intimacy in this character's life, be it family, romance, all those things. 

"I had just moved from Los Angeles to New York. I was trying to figure out what movies I wanted to make, what I wanted to do with my life, more importantly. And then all of a sudden this script came across my doorstep about this guy trying to figure out his place and what he wanted to do with his life.

"I was like, this seems pretty easy. I can just live this, and they can film it."

Jake Gyllenhaal's interview with George airs Wednesday, March 5, 2014 on CBC.