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Jake Gyllenhaal: 'You Can't Be Good at Everything'

Jake Gyllenhaal: 'You Can't Be Good at Everything'

Jake Gyllenhaal shows off his rugged good looks on the latest issue of Man of the World magazine.

On his career trajectory: “It’s taken me a long time in my career to realize that you can’t be good at everything. You sometimes have to give something up. There are limits. I do care about the stories people want to tell. But then I want to get back to my honest self for the directors I work with.”

On being comfortable with certain directors: “Acting is a very strange job, as well as an amazing one, because it requires great trust. Your relationship with a director is very sacred, a sensitive space. I just can’t do it with everyone. And that’s what I have discovered about myself. It’s all about a level of commitment—how far will you go for a director you believe in? How far will you go for a story you believe in? I’ve always worked as hard as I can on everything I’ve done. But now I feel like I’m listening to myself and realizing that we have a finite amount of time, and how you spend it is really important.”

On roles he loves: “Many of the movies I’ve loved the most have had similar processes about rules being broken and bent. I love that.”

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  • Red Head

    Dude, it’s just a movie. Get over yourself.

  • Swiftie

    I stopped going to his movies when he took Taylor Swift’s virginity & then dumped her shortly afterward. What a jerk. You don’t do stuff like that.

  • Agree

    @Swiftie: If you really think Swift was a virgin when she dated him you’re even sillier than you sound!

    Jake looks odder and odder as the years pass. Gotta admit he is a good actor though.

  • ace11

    Boy is he arrogant

  • Agree

    How is he being arrogant? He seems serious about his job. If you wanna talk arrogant try the wall st peeps.

  • red

    @Swiftie: Tay Tay also was a bit*ch
    she promised she wouldn’t ever ( like ever) written a song about him and then a whole album come along

  • :0

    Good Lord, He’s beautiful!

  • ????????


    “It’s taken me a long time in my career to realize that you can’t be good at everything. You sometimes have to give something up. There are limits.

    Where is the arrogance in this sentence?

  • Kara


    On the contrary, this interview shows modesty and commitment to his movies. But you don’t really care about it, you’re just here to trash and insult him. Every time. On every post about Jake.

  • http://verysexy,sexy!! sharyllee

    To me, He is ugly!

  • lol

    ace 11 is a stupid swiftie obsessed with jake’s personal life.

  • lol

    @Swiftie: Oh, poor Taylor. She was so innocent, a virgin! The evil man destroyed it. Only stupid fangirls will believe in this s.h.i.t

  • Jenna

    He’s god damn gorgeous!!!
    The 2nd and 3rd photos….I’m dead.

  • val

    then you’re blind: I’ve never seen more beautiful eyes or longer eyelashes and a sultry look to die for.

  • oh my


  • Jill

    He is sooooooooooooooooooo hot

  • Take Off Your Pants off

    @sharyllee: Are you blind? He is insanely hot

  • NG

    Never found him attractive. He’s very simian looking.

  • Luuuv

    Detective Loky!!

  • pokypig

    how far will you go ? lol these actors think they are saving lives by being puppets. How far will you go ? you mean like driving yourself to the set vs getting pick up by a black car ? dude you memorize lines and tell stories by spitting the words out again in a way to fool people that you are real LOL

  • gina

    I have seen all his movies. He is an average actor who will always make a good living as long as he wants to do it.

  • method actor
  • Verena

    If it is so an easy job, requesting nothing, just getting pick by a black car, why you don´t go into it, make an easy money? I can tell you it is so an easy, that every trash like you can post any rude a nasty comments about someone who is not able to difence against it and then it makes you satisfied, that at least in your poor frustrating life some light becomes in the form of your sillyt comments and spitting retarded BS. This is your reality.