Jake Gyllenhaal at "New Eyes For The Needy Kickoff Silent Auction" on 31st March, 2011 in New York City
"Gyllenhaal, with a director for a father and screenwriter for a mother, was born into filmmaking, and his career began early when, at age 11, he played a small part in Billy Crystal's City Slickers".
Jake Gyllenhaal's first film role. At age 10 he played Billy Crystal's son in City Slickers.
Donnie Darko (2001)
"The Original: Jake Gyllenhaal plays the eponymous teen troubled by visions of a coming apocalypse, and stalked by a giant rabbit. Some jiggery-pokery involving a wormhole allows poor Donnie to avert the end of the world, but only after some considerable personal cost… With Added Doc Brown: This is DB’s modus operandi: helping out-of-their-depth teens get to grips with the basics of time travel. However, with his trusty DeLorean on hand, there would be no need for Donnie to sacrifice himself, as he wouldn’t need the wormhole at all".
"He began his ascension to stardom playing awkward adolescents in Bubble Boy, The Good Girl and cult classic Donnie Darko, a personal favorite. Gyllenhaal's effortless charm and emotive face make him one of the most watchable stars in recent memory. With the exception of one ill-advised attempt at franchise-making (Prince of Persia ), he has selected varied, thought-provoking roles.
He has been a Marine (Jarhead) , a Marine's deadbeat brother (Brothers) and a CIA analyst (Rendition) . His turn as Robert Graysmith in David Fincher's Zodiac was a high point and came after his powerful portrayal of Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain.Despite the crude jokes that greeted Brokeback Mountain , it's a film whose resonance has grown with each passing year (and the passing of its other star, Heath Ledger). It might take 50 years, but I think Brokeback Mountain will eventually be regarded as a masterful, important achievement". Source: chronicle.augusta.com
Progress appears to be swift because, just a week ago at SXSW in Austin, Jake Gyllenhaal confirmed he had a next project that he was excited about but he was not allowed to talk about it. It appears that now he can.
Still of David Ayer and Keanu Reeves filming "Street Kings" (2008)
"At the beginning of the month we reported that David Ayer was raising finance for his next gritty LA cop drama End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal attached as lead. During the LA junket for the excellent Source Code this weekend, Gyllenhaal confirmed to Access Hollywood that he was about to begin work on Ayer’s film.
Clearly, End of Watch is further ahead than we thought".