SXSW: Jake Gyllenhaal on 'Source Code' world premiere

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Last night the SXSW Film Festival kicked off in Austin, TX with the world premiere of sci-fi mind-bender Source Code. Austin crowds come to love and the Summit film starring Jake Gyllenhaal—who caused quite a stir with the hordes of fans, one of whom got a little camera-happy in the men’s room (dude, gross)—enjoyed a warm reception. Directed by Moon‘s Duncan Jones, the film follows Gyllenhaal’s Captain Colter Stevens, a soldier who wakes up from his tour of duty in the body of a strange man on a doomed train. Colter soon discovers that he’s part of a mission to ferret out the identity of a bomber and so, in delightfully taut eight-minute blocks aboard a commuter train bound for Chicago, he races to thwart a terrorist plot. EW spoke to Gyllenhaal on the morning after Source Code’s premiere.

EW: There are rumors that there was a rather heated scuffle in the theater bathroom last night as a fan tried to take your picture at an inelegant time?

JG: (laughs) That’s true. I think it’s an appropriate space to keep privacy. I hope that people wouldn’t disagree with me on that.

EW: Last night on stage, Duncan Jones said it was you who brought him on board Source Code. Were you a fan of Moon (the director’s beloved 2008 meditative sci fi film)?

JG: I’d seen Moon and I thought this guy must have a fantastic mind. And I’d been told there was a project that he wants to make that he was interested in me playing one of the roles for. So I said of course I want to meet him. At the meeting I told him ‘Oh there’s this other script that I would really love for you to read.’ I never thought that he would want to do Source Code because he tends to write and direct his own things. But we sent it to him on a roll of the dice and five days later he was like “I want to do the movie.”

EW: Why was Duncan the right fit?

JG:  What always scares me is people tend to lose character and a sense of “Why?” on a behavioral, human, psychological level when they’re dealing with something that can be entertaining. When you deal with something that is potentially commercial people just say “Oh, we’ll get to that later.” The movie was not anything I wanted to make unless it was with someone who was a real visionary. And humor too. Duncan has a great sense of humor—dirty and dark and great. I think the great thing about sci fi is there’s a little bit of a campy quality always. I don’t think anybody should take themselves too seriously in time continuum.

EW: Did you stay to watch the movie?

JG: I did. My best friend lives in Austin and he came with his girlfriend. Literally he grabbed my leg at one point and then at another time, in that scene where I jump off the train, he was like “Oh my god, what the hell?!” I was like “Yes!”

Source Code opens on April 1.

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  • Joseph L Cooke

    Another movie presented with ugly blue tint effect. Pass.

    • Joseph L Cooke

      I am so much better than all of you!!!

      • Susannah

        Great article, thank you again for wrnitig.

    • Will

      They overuse that effect just like they did the shakey camera effect from the first season of law and order.. BORING!

  • Jayne

    i think it looks amazing can’t wait to go see it!!!!

    • Dee

      I agree Jayne. I’m looking forward to seeing Jake agian on the big screen.

    • Will

      I can’t wait not to see this film. I’m going to find something else to do.

  • Nancy

    Ooh Train. Spilling coffee montage. Creepy mirror. Mistaken ID. Groundhog day minus the funny man Bill Murray. Over use of CGI for the millionth time lately in a movie. Dialogue that was written by some 14 year old teenager. Boring. Expected. Unsurprising. Stupid. It’s your money. You make all the crappy movies you want. I’m going to pay to see something good. Thanks.

    • Brett

      You really need to take that stick out of your ass. LIGHTEN UP, PEOPLE. The fact that your name is Nancy is just too perfect.

    • Linda

      I totally agree with Nancy. This looks gay.

    • Brownnosers

      This movie looks boring. Brett quit kissing ass and be honest!

  • Floopa Bambers

    My butt hurts.

    • Almirah

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  • Linda

    Your face hurts.

  • javi

    this movie is almost the same as time cop they both suck.

  • Amy

    Wait, I’ve seen this movie before. It was called Deja Vu with Denzel Washington.

    • Linda

      Thats right. The best they can do right now is copy old stuff. Hollywood has no real creativity anymore apparently.

  • Jason

    This seems alot like Quantum Leap. I wonder if Al and Sam Becket will make an appearance?

    • Tom

      At least that was enjoyable and original for a tv show. And great actors too.

  • Summer Bay

    Oh just admit it Toothy, you got in on in the men’s room.

    • Question

      Why is Ted C. the only “journalist” that thinks Jake is gay??

      • Wil

        Typically seeing anoethr person’s level of sun enlighten my very own vision. I am not saying going to gonna say just what everyone else has recently stated , but i must say, I cant envision how much of this I just wasn’t conscious of .Appreciate your publishing guidance to this matter for us.

  • spanky McBeaseley

    I’m thinkin this is a redo of Time Cop with John Clod Ghodam mixed with prince of persia… HA!

  • Fred

    he was there for some one on one with that guy ….that was all…:)

  • Zaidi Baraka

    Seems Hollywood is coming up short in it’s basic staple: Imagination.

  • Will

    Why would I want to waste my money on a dog film like this? Sure, there really isn’t anything else to watch. I think bowling would be better than this crap.

    • Gail

      I saw Love and Other Drugs, I hope Jake gets naked in this new movie. My God he is awesome!!!!

  • jmcg

    This looks stupid. I’m very surprised Vera Farmiga agreed to do this with that ugly hairdo.

  • jerry.edwards

    I think jake,s great actor you
    people need to get life and quite
    spreading rumers

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