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Jake Gyllenhaal Will Direct When He Feels ‘Presumptuous Enough’

Jake Gyllenhaal would like to move behind the camera one day, but the Oscar nominee says he has yet to find the right project to direct.

“I’m searching … but I have yet to feel presumptuous enough,” Gyllenhaal said at Saturday’s Produced By: New York conference.

The “Brokeback Mountain” star says he’ll know he’s found his directorial debut “when my heart lines up with the material … in a visual way.”

Gyllenhaal has already begun to move behind the camera. The actor isn’t just starring in “Nightcrawler,” he’s producing the edgy thriller, as well. He also executive produced the 2012 police drama “End of Watch.”

The actor’s father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, is a director, and his mother, Naomi Foner, is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, so he always understood the headaches and heartache of securing financing, lining up talent and bringing a movie to the big screen.

“The language I knew was behind the camera,” he said. “I’ve always been fascinated by the abrasion of what’s in front of the camera and behind the camera.”

After starring in big studio vehicles such as “Prince of Persia,” Gyllenhaal has been doing a number of edgier and darker films such as “Nightcrawler” and “Prisoners” that explode his movie star image. The actor said he’s open to adding a Netflix or cable show like “True Detective” to his resume should the offer come.

“Story is king,” said Gyllenhaal. “Whatever format you’re telling your story in as long as it’s a great story.”

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