Jake Gyllenhaal is losing himself in his latest movie. Like Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale before him, the End of Watch star, 32, has undergone a major transformation for a role. On Sunday, Oct. 13, the normally athletic actor revealed a noticeably slimmer frame on the set of his new film, Nightcrawler.
The thriller, set for release in 2014, features Gyllenhaal as a freelance reporter in L.A. who stumbles upon the underground world of crime journalism. Dressed for the part in gray slacks, a white shirt, and a gray jacket, the Oscar nominee (for 2006's Brokeback Mountain) looked as if he'd lost a significant amount of weight, particularly in his face. He also sported longer locks, which he combed over to the side of his head.
Of course, this is not the first time the actor has made over his body for a role. He famously bulked up in 2010 to play the title role in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
"I was paid to get in shape," Gyllenhaal told Moviefone of packing on several pounds of muscle for the part. "The hardest thing I think was being able to get flexible, because acrobatics and stuff like that take a real flexibility...There were a lot of times it was inhibiting because normally, if you're a gymnast, you wouldn't have huge, big arms."
That said, he had a great time. "There was nothing really that hard about it," he said. "It was pretty fun."
Nightcrawler also stars Rene Russo and Bill Paxton. Gyllenhaal is producing as well as starring in the movie, which has a shoestring budget -- but a lot of heart. "I'm producing it with Tony Gilroy," he told Us Weekly at the Toronto International Film Festival. "We're shooting on a 24-hour schedule and we have like no money. But it's a really solid screenplay."