Nightcrawler producer and star Jake Gyllenhaal has learned a few things about being in front of the camera by briefly stepping behind the scenes.
When asked what he wishes more producers understood about acting, and vice versa, “my answer to both sides is, don’t take things personally, everyone has an agenda and it’s to be respected,” he said on Saturday morning, during a panel at the inaugural Produced By: New York conference at the Time Warner Center. “Acting is an incredibly immature and selfish profession, but I also believe on the flip side of that coin, it can also produce great empathy. … Understand that it is an extraordinarily sensitive job, and I don’t mean to be self-indulgent, but it’s an odd job. … It’s an odd thing conjuring up feelings in the midst of all this chaos … it’s magic.”
He also recalled how End of Watch co-star Michael Pena withdrew from a midnight set for a moment when lighting logistics were interrupting production, saying, “Feelings are like animals, coaxing a tiger in a jungle, … I need to keep the tiger quiet.”