×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Interview: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal Talk ‘Prisoners,’ Next Career Moves (VIDEO)

Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal aren’t afraid of the dark.

The duo recently sat with Variety to discuss their intense new thriller “Prisoners,” which premiered Friday night at the Toronto Film Festival.

Director Denis Villeneuve’s new feature, from Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment, tells the dark story of a father (Jackman) who takes justice in his own hands after his daughter and her friend go missing.

“I had a pit in my stomach reading it,” Jackman said. “In some ways it’s a classic genre movie…but at the end of the movie keeps you thinking and talking.”
Gyllenhaal, who plays a rigid detective in the film, said it was the movie’s relentless twists that ultimately convinced him to take the part.
“So many scenes in this movie there are like four ways you can go,” he said.

As for his next move, Gyllenhaal said he has two projects in the works: “Nightcrawler” and the hiking thriller “Everest.”

Jackman, meanwhile, plans on laying low after his next film, “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

“I’ve done four movies in a row,” he said. “There’s a term in my house called ‘the dog house’ and apparently I’m living in it.”

More Film

  • Donald Trump Chucky Childs Play

    'Child's Play' Stars on New Chucky's 'Creepy' Resemblance to Donald Trump

    At Wednesday night’s world premiere of the “Child’s Play” remake, it was obvious that evil doll Chucky — the star of seven films over three decades — had a little work done. And now he bears a striking resemblance to Donald Trump. “Oh, you caught that?” Aubrey Plaza asked Variety on the black carpet outside [...]

  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening

    Academy Museum Opening Delayed Again to 2020

    The opening date of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has been delayed again, this time to an unspecified date in 2020. The museum, now under construction at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, has long been beset by delays and cost overruns. In December 2018, the Academy announced that it would open [...]

  • Bradley Cooper speaks at the 30th

    Producers Guild Shifts 2020 Awards Show to Hollywood Palladium

    The Producers Guild of America will hold its 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hollywood Palladium, shifting the site from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The PGA had already announced that the show would take place on Jan. 18. The organization, which represents more than 8,000 producers, announced Thursday that it has launched a new [...]

  • Adam Driver appears in The Report

    Amazon’s ‘The Report’ Gets U.K. Theatrical Release Ahead of Streaming Launch

    Amazon Studio’s “The Report” will be released theatrically in the U.K. three weeks before it lands on the Prime Video streaming service. The Scott Z. Burns film tells the story of Daniel J. Jones, a U.S. Senate staffer who worked to reveal that truth about an “enhanced interrogation” program run by the CIA in the [...]

  • Elton John performing at Earls Court,

    Elton John Has a Message for Struggling LGBTQ Youth: 'Be Proud of Who You Are'

    Elton John isn’t at a loss for words when asked if he has a message for young LGBTQ people who are struggling with their sexuality or gender identity. In an exclusive interview with Variety at last month’s Cannes Film Festival, just hours before the world premiere of his long-in-the-works biopic “Rocketman,” John spoke candidly about the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content