After such a long gap before my recent William Shakespeare quiz, I thought I’d better not leave long before my next one. And I wanted to do an actor who I’ve long respected and admired. I remember Jake Gyllenhaal well from when I first saw him, in the first film in this quiz. I could neither spell or pronounce his surname, but remember thinking just what a future this guy had. I’ve been delighted to see how far along he has come. Do you have a favourite role of his? How did you do this time around?
What if my problem wasn’t that I don’t understand people but that I don’t like them? What if I was the kind of person who was obliged to hurt you for this? I mean physically. I think you’d have to believe afterward, if you could, that agreeing to participate and then backing out at the critical moment was a mistake. Because that’s what I’m telling you, as clearly as I can.
Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the film Nightcrawler (2015). You can read my review of this incredible film here.
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. Sure, Wernher von Braun is a great scientist, but he isn’t my hero.
Homer Hickam (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the inspirational film October Sky (1999)