Jake Gyllenhaal got here below a microscope this week after stories surfaced about alleged erratic conduct on a film set … however now, the movie’s director’s clearing the air.
Here’s the deal … director Thomas Bidegain spoke with the French journal Technikart final week the place he mentioned his film “Suddenly” — which, at one time, had Gyllenhaal and Vanessa Kirby connected earlier than each allegedly dropped out throughout pre-production.
The interview detailed a number of alleged frenzied episodes involving Gyllenhaal … like demanding a automobile that was neither “purple or white,” rehearsing in a ridiculous accent just like the Pepé Le Pew accent, and stripping all the way down to his lingerie earlier than launching himself into the freezing ocean — all of which was being mocked and broadly mentioned on social media.
Ultimately although, all of it won’t be true — ‘trigger whereas Bidegain refused to touch upon the validity of these tales, he did inform Variety his difficulty got here from artistic variations with JG and VK relatively than any unprofessional conduct.
An indie film ‘SUDDENLY’ fell aside after Jake Gyllenhaal confirmed erratic conduct, together with:
• Stripping to his underwear & diving into the freezing ocean, saying “once I see the ocean, I swim within the sea” • Constant script rewrite calls for • Doing his rehearsal in a Pepe Le… pic.twitter.com/8DiOwC55kQ
TB explains it like this … the movie was nonetheless very early within the course of, not capturing and never even in pre-production but like Technikart prompt. This was within the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, so the artistic staff had solely spoken over Zoom when Thomas pitched the thought of assembly as a bunch in Iceland for every week to work on the challenge.
The French director mentioned he thought all of them had been on the identical web page, however shortly realized their visions weren’t in sync after they began breaking down the script collectively … Kirby and Gyllenhaal apparently had fully completely different opinions on the story’s which means and themes.
Bidegain says he peaced out on the journey after 4 of the seven days when he realized it would not be a fruitful partnership … with Thomas noting he’d by no means labored with an actor-producer like Gyllenhaal earlier than … and that, he says, created challenges.
Vanessa later contacted Bidegain about buying the script, Thomas claims, however he would not promote … as a substitute making the film with French actors — as they appeared extra in tune along with his imaginative and prescient.
Thomas is extra diplomatic in his response now … saying he wished to make the film his personal manner. We’ll admit although … what he is quoted as claiming towards Jake within the OG article is … a bit wild. BTW, this film of his lastly got here out final yr.
In any case, it is all water below a bridge, it appears … and there is a lesson on this.
We’re not fairly positive what that’s, however make of it what you’ll!