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Jake Gyllenhaal Felt 'Trapped' While Filming 'The Guilty' – And It Only Grew Worse (Video)

TIFF 2021: ”To only be in a chair and having to express ended up doing a number on me,“ the actor says

To describe what it really felt like, Fuqua would be able to see the other actors on his monitor, but Gyllenhaal could only hear them. What’s more, the actors had to figure out the rhythms of how to act over Zoom, not waiting for the natural pauses you would usually do while on Zoom, but even starting their lines while the other was still talking.

“Let’s say you’re on a huge Zoom in front of a lot of people you can’t see. There are three cameras shooting you, and over the course of 11 days, the cameras that are shooting you start getting closer and closer and closer to your face,” Gyllenhaal said. “All the actors were on Zoom and the rhythm started to get set for us, and over a number of days we had to start our line even before the other one finished it, knowing that we were not going to hear the end of the line, but knowing that it would be recorded as if we were going to be interrupted…It was like you were in a partial gravity room trying to keep your feet on the ground.”

In “The Guilty,” Gyllenhaal plays a 911 call operator who gets a phone call that changes the course of his life, and the film plays out in real time as he tries to piece together the details of a crime and help the caller all while he’s stuck in his seat.

Fuqua, who worked with Gyllenhaal on the boxing film “Southpaw,” described the story as though it were “Dante’s Inferno” and that Gyllenhaal’s character is stuck in “purgatory,” surrounded by his own sins and guilt. “The Guilty” is an English-language remake of a Danish thriller of the same name, and Gyllenhaal had been developing the remake and came to Fuqua knowing that he’d be up for anything.

“I knew he would be down to get rough. And if I saidfive days he would say four,” Gyllenhaal said. “I’d follow him wherever. He was like quality control and someone who I knew wanted to get to something truthful.”

“The Guilty” is playing as part of TIFF and will be released by Netflix on Sept. 24. Check out the full interview with Jake Gyllenhaal and Antoine Fuqua above.

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