Jake Gyllenhaal talks Tom Holland: “So many things that he could do that I could never do”.
Jake Gyllenhaal recently joined Marvel’s Spider Man: Far From Home as Mysterio. He sat down with GQ to talk about his new role, saying he had a great time learning from Tom Holland. The latter famously plays Spider Man for the Marvel Universe.
“Trying to melt my stone-cold heart”
Gyllenhaal said about Tom, “He has a lot of experience in these movies. I didn’t have any experience in a movie this size.”
He said of Marvel, “[Marvel has created] a really specific, particular, really beautiful creative process and so I was overwhelmed in the first couple of weeks. [Tom] really did take me under his wing and be like, ‘This is how it is. It’s all good. Don’t freak out. I was like this too.'”
He added, “He’s an incredible, physical actor and there are so many things that he could do that I could never do. He’s also just so kind, and as you notice from this interview I have not a kind bone in my body. So I’m slowly trying to melt my stone-cold heart and learn from him.”
Gyllenhaal said about London, “What I learned from being in London is that the sun is a beautiful thing. And you should appreciate it more then you know. And that living in damp is an extraordinary feat and all Brits should be praised for their ability to thrive, to create the culture that they have, in such a humid environment.”
Gyllenhaal also talked about spoiler culture, saying, “I love it. And I love playing with people who want to know.” He added that the Marvel Universe fans were more anti-spoilers than any other movie watchers he had seen before.
He explained, “There’s a big speech I give in the movie and as I give this speech, crew members were asking for ear plugs because they didn’t want to know what was happening. So there’s a kind of devotion to the MCU and to the world of Marvel that’s kind of unprecedented.”
He also talked about his own standards of secrecy, saying, “When my friends tell me things about their lives or they ask for my secrecy, I consider it to be one of the highest honours you could ever have. As long as it’s not hurting someone, to hold somebody’s secrecy or privacy is a beautiful thing.”
Spider Man: Far From Home releases on June 28, 2019.
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