Don't listen to what anybody says except the people who encourage you. If it's what you want to do and it's within yourself, then keep going and try to do it for the rest of your life.— Jake Gyllenhaal
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Crazy people don't sit around wondering if they're nuts.
I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to
I think I find tactile things, you know.
Just the feeling of blood itself is enough for me. If you, even if it's not real blood. I mean that's enough, like sometimes there are very simple things that are enough.
I promise that, one day, everything's going to be better for you.
I love storytelling, you know, beyond anything.
I love a great story beyond a great performance. Storytelling is about what we all do together and how we collaborate together. A performance can be a collaboration in ways, but oftentimes it's one individual thing.
I think my strength is to do a take all the way through.
I am definitely not someone who can do a sprint. Maybe I am not that smart, but it takes me a while to find the moment, and I like to be pushed toward it.
I'm open to whatever people want to call me.
Not to say that you should be constantly trying to change the world, but I think it's important to know that whatever we do has an implication and has an effect, and because of that it is political.
You know, it's flattering when there's a rumor that says I'm bisexual.
It means I can play more kinds of roles. I'm open to whatever people want to call me. I've never really been attracted to men sexually, but I don't think I would be afraid of it if it happened.
Masculinity is, nowadays and generationally, confusing.
What is honor, what is protection, what is being a man? It's evolving. But I believe having an open heart - and a strong mind to protect that - is the idea.
I'm always nervous about it. You know, somehow, without even knowing it, I try and recreate the idea of what it feels like to go in front of an audience every night when I'm making a film. And that similar type of pressure and excitement before a scene, or preparing for a movie, so...
But you need to strive to try and communicate and try and change things in a similar way. And then people can think that's pretentious or whatever, but it's your life's work, and you've decided that. That's what they made us believe. So we have a pretty high standard, which is at times great and at times not.
It's funny to me that people find other people getting coffee really interesting, or walking their dog in the dog park.
I fooled around with Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams got pregnant.
I've never had sex with boxers on and it's an odd thing to watch actors do.
That's not saying I haven't tried... I just don't recommend it!
I have a profound respect for cinematographers.
That is my secret sauce. Like they are everything to me.
At Columbia there's no performing arts department, so I was searching for it everywhere I could, and I took some photography classes and I ended up becoming fascinated with Eastern Religion, and ultimately it seemed to encompass the more abstract mind that I have.
I have always had a deep belief that every movie, every artistic expression, is political. Don't be fooled. Even ones that we wouldn't consider overtly political are political. When we spend time doing anything, whether it's distraction or whether it's something that we have to face, it is always political. That's my belief.
To me Donnie Darko was about adolescence.
And about how, as soon as you start to grow up and you sort of move out into the world, you realize everything is so trippy. That anything can be anything.
Dad, I may not be the best, but I come to believe that I got it in me to be somebody in this world. And it's not because I'm so different from you either. It's because I'm the same. I mean, I can be just as hard-headed, and just as tough. I only hope I can be as good a man as you.
The best thing that I got was rehearsing with my father.
It was always about the process of figuring things out, and trying something new, and having another take on something and keeping it alive.
I had been brought up in an elementary school where, my first few grades, I remember being specifically told that my teachers were gay. I was just that age and that was just how it was, and my parents were very... You know, that's how I was raised. Like super-progressive.
I think, now, younger generations do take that for granted in a lot of ways.
I don't think that takes away from the struggle of identity and what that is. But the struggle for identity is everybody's struggle. No matter what it is.
I like that when you create you really do create with a very small group of people, and in that space, before it goes out to all these people, that's what I love.
One of the things that I'm so proud of [about] that movie [Brokeback Mountain], was to see, within the past basically 10 years, how much has changed. When the Supreme Court [issued a ruling] just a little while ago, I felt like we had been part, a little part and parcel of that movement.
It's one of the most beautiful scripts [Brokeback Mountain] I've ever read, and it was Ang Lee, and at the time Heath [Ledger] was a friend of mine - before we even shot the movie - and always sort of alluring to me.
In a perfect world, I would love to do one play for every three movies.
When I was 19, I thought [Brokeback Mountain] was going to be the best movie ever made. And everyone was going to see it and it was just going to be incredible. And then nobody saw it and it didn't get bought at Sundance. And it was a really great experience. Humbling. And then it's since found its way.
I think I'm generally - fear, fear is very still, so in terms of that kind of fear - there's so many different kinds of fear, but fear is something, particularly in movies, that's interesting, because it's created by the film maker, that was created by David Fincher, that's why he's brilliant.
By cool, I don't mean cool. I mean vulnerable and a mess.
Peter Sarsgaard, he's an extraordinary actor, and I would say that Peter has really brought into my life and my sister's life a sense of presence as an actor that I never really understood or knew about until I met him. They've been together for a very long time, and he introduced me to the idea of the presentation.
There are lines that just stick with me, like I mean I still can remember it's like every line that I say from Nightcrawler, I mean it's just always there.
Everybody is an actor in one way or another. We are all performing certain things.
Uta Hagen would say, there's the representational actor and the presentational actor.
In that way, as an actor in particular, you're powerless.
And so in that way as an actor in particular you can't make mistakes.
I'm more Baskin-Robbins style myself.
As a producer, it starts when I talk about privacy and silence.
It starts before anybody believes in it. And I think that's, you have to have a real sense of self, and in order to push things through. And so often, what's interesting, is how many people dismiss an idea that eventually everybody [gloms] onto. So to me it's, that's what I mean by hard.
I think, in the initial process of discovering a character and the analytical process - and this is what I did take from Buddhism - initially I think there has to be an analytical, intellectual approach. And that has to be abandoned by the time you're playing the game.
Being a star doesn't last. That's not what life should be about. It's a complete illusion that really has nothing to do with you. For me, finding out about life is the most important thing.
I don't think I've made a mistake. I think I have behaved in ways that I am proud of; I think I've behaved in ways I'm not.
When somebody's really good, they're not just thinking about their job.
I always find you go back to an animal;
it will always show you the sort of primal aspects of behavior. You always know how to respond if you choose that.
We were talking about the kissing in the movie just recently.
Clearly, it's pretty challenging material, but Ang said two men herding sheep was far more sexual than two men having sex on screen.
I think I'm not in this work to not look at life as it is.
I'm not in it to say, "I want to wear a mask and escape," you know. I want to know what's happening in the world, and I want to have it touch me in a way that I can do something, my little part like that, and have it somehow translate.
I think I work as hard as I do now, because of a lot of lessons I've learned early on.
I get off on the interaction with people, and I love the chess of a movie and particularly - not only in preproduction or in production or postproduction - the behavioral chess. That is, learning and being humbled by and also teaching certain people certain things. I love that. As a producer, you have an opportunity to see the whole and bring people together.
I'm like, 'What world am I living in?' Aren't movies made to have something to say? Why make a movie if you don't have something to say? What are you doing it for? Are you doing it because you want to make a lot of money?
There are a lot of different things that are spinning and connecting when your family sees what you do.
My parents taught me as a kid: do your work.
Do it well. Try as hard as you can, whatever it is. It will one day, for the long run, it will make some sort of change somewhere.