Desperate periods: charting Jake Gyllenhaal’s extreme Oscar ambitions

Desperate Periods: Charting Jake Gyllenhaal's Extreme Oscar Ambitions

From Nightcrawlers severe weight loss to Strongers emotional meltdowns, the actors absence of Oscar love is not for want of trying

Desperate Periods: Charting Jake Gyllenhaal's Extreme Oscar Ambitions

One thing “youve never” hear performers say is:” I took this role because I really thought it would win me an Oscar .” Perish the thought! But even if the prospect of pouching an awarding genuinely never traverses their intellects, you can often see it in their choice of super-challenging roles, their scarily perpetrated preparation, their hammy over-emoting. They end up trying too hard, and audiences can reek it.

Of particular concern right now is Jake Gyllenhaal: a talented, handsome, versatile actor for sure, but one whose trophy cabinet is, you suspect, emptier than he’d like it to be. He has really been throwing himself into roles lately. Such as his 2014 newshound thriller Nightcrawler, for which he starved himself to skeletal levels and flipped out on screen with such intensity, he had to have sews after his mirror-smashing scene. But he didn’t get so much as an Oscar nomination for his efforts.

The next time we ensure Gyllenhaal, he was all bulked up again, training hard and straining harder as a damaged boxer in 2015′ s Southpaw. He thought he could De Niro his route to an Oscar but, is again, Gyllenhaal got no awards love. After 2016′ s double whammy of Demolition( playing a guy on the edge ), then Nocturnal Animals( playing two guys on the edge ), Gyllenhaal’s” look at how much behave I’m doing !” antics started to become offputting.

Marathon man … watch the trailer for Stronger.

Now he’s back in Stronger, playing Jeff Bauman, who lost his leg in the 2013 Boston marathon bombing. As expected, Gyllenhaal takes a painful journey of trauma, disability and reluctant bravery, seasoned with the occasional emotional meltdown. Gyllenhaal didn’t actually get his legs amputated for the role but at this stage in his career, you wouldn’t be surprised.

Some performers seem to breeze their route to awards. Others try so hard, it hurts- both them and us. It is almost always humen. Joaquin Phoenix spent two years in character for his stunt “documentary” I’m Still Here- to zero recognition. Shia LaBeouf pulled out a tooth, didn’t wash for four months and” expended days watching horses die” for Fury. Ashton Kutcher hospitalised himself replicating Steve Jobs’s all-fruit diet, merely to find Michael Fassbender get an Oscar nod for his Steve Jobs portrayal.

If it feels as though the Academy merely devoted Leonardo DiCaprio best actor for The Revenant because nobody could bear another closeup of his disappointed face on the night, Gyllenhaal is in a similar place right now. So, let’s hope it pays off this time, otherwise there’s no telling what he might do.

Stronger is in cinemas on 8 December

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Desperate Periods: Charting Jake Gyllenhaal's Extreme Oscar Ambitions
Desperate Periods: Charting Jake Gyllenhaal's Extreme Oscar Ambitions
Desperate Periods: Charting Jake Gyllenhaal's Extreme Oscar Ambitions
Desperate Periods: Charting Jake Gyllenhaal's Extreme Oscar Ambitions
Desperate Periods: Charting Jake Gyllenhaal's Extreme Oscar Ambitions

Desperate Periods: Charting Jake Gyllenhaal's Extreme Oscar Ambitions

Desperate Periods: Charting Jake Gyllenhaal's Extreme Oscar Ambitions

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