Jake Gyllenhaal was ‘reluctant’ to do ‘Donnie Darko’

In April 2022, Jake Gyllenhaal announced that his role in the psychological thriller Donnie Darko, was the first role he got without an audition. He said that immediately after reading the script that was sent to him, he closed it and thought to himself, “I don’t know if I want to meet this person.” Why was Gyllenhaal hesitant to take on the role of the title character? Here’s what we know.

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Gyllenhaal quickly overcame his hesitation

Based on the script and before he met Donnie Darko Writer-director Richard Kelly himself, Gyllenhaal wondered if the filmmaker would be some kind of madman hiding in a dark cloak in a corner. Soon after, the two met face-to-face, and to Gyllenhaal’s great relief, Kelly emerged as “a completely humble, really lovely, very kind, totally normal guy.”

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