One of my favorite movies of 2014 is opening this weekend: writer-director Dan Gilroy’s debut feature, Nightcrawler. In the film, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a guy desperate to score a job. While on the hunt, Lou stumbles across a “nightcrawler,” someone who captures footage of fires, murders and all sorts of chaos to sell to new stations and Lou comes to the conclusion that the gig is perfect for him. While I’ve seen Gyllenhaal deliver some great performances End of Watch, Prisoners, Zodiac and Brokeback Mountain, his work in Nightcrawler takes him to the next level. It’s easily one of my favorite performances of the year and absolutely worth a full price ticket to see this weekend when the film opens. For more on the film, read Matt’s glowing review or watch the red band trailer.
During my exclusive video interview with Dan Gilroy he talked about casting Gyllenhaal, the actor’s weight loss, the positive reaction from critics, deleted scenes, the experience of making his directorial debut, where the idea came from, unproduced scripts, writing Superman Lives for Tim Burton, Stan Lee’s The Annihilator, future projects and more. Hit the jump to watch what he had to say.