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Jake Gyllenhaal on His First Kiss, Dyeing Hair, and Speeding Tickets

In this Screen Tests interview, 'Stronger' actor Jake Gyllenhaal talks about his Halloween costumes designed by his dad (who worked with artist Red Grooms), using Manic Panic to dye his hair with his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal, his first kiss, his grandfather's glorious first date, his love for dogs, the proud moment he had when his dog was finally housebroken, his porn name, and how he tried to get out of a speeding ticket after playing a cop in 'End of Watch'.

Released on 1/10/2018

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I know you're gonna be surprised but
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I'm gonna make a giraffe out of this, this thing.
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Sometimes I feel like the creation of something
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is more meaningful than the result, the process.
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In this case, that's exactly,
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this is literally the definition of that.
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OK, let's try.
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What's cool about this is
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all of us performers are equalized by doing some
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stupid task that none of us can really truly accomplish.
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So all we're doing is just emphasizing
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what everybody already knows which is that we are
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basically just not good at anything besides
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saying other people's lines.
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Thank you.
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My favorite one I ever wore was no Halloween costume
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because essentially that's my job.
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My job is to just dress up like
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almost every day is Halloween, like on this photo shoot.
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But then also just in characters I play so
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what people don't really know which I'm always surprised at
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is why actors are excited about Halloween
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'cause they live it every day.
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I think maybe I was just traumatized by my costumes
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that my dad helped me create when I was a kid.
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My dad, he worked with Red Grooms, the artist,
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so he designed all these really outlandish things
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made out of cardboard for Halloween that I wore
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and were torturous.
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He made a house, and the house had rooms in it.
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They were all lit up by Christmas lights
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and each one had different scene, like one scene
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where people were like fighting,
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the other one where someone's reading to a child
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and there was all these different ones
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where people were eating dinner downstairs.
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And the house fit on top of my head
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and I could look out one of the windows.
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The chimney was where you put the candy.
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Right so I wore it on my head
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and then I had a backpack with a battery pack, no joke
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that lit up all the lights in the house.
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But I couldn't move my knees farther than
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maybe three or four inches so every time I would walk,
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my knees would hit the front of this thing.
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On my way upstairs to get candy, I would fall flat over
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and I wouldn't really know where I was going.
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And then no one could really hear me very well so
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when I would ask people for candy they'd be like
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sorry, excuse me, trick or treat.
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I'd be like treat!
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And it'd be like [muffled speaking]
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and they'd be like what?
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Where do we put the candy?
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And my dad would be like sitting there like
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let's see if they know.
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And then occasionally they'd just give up
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and I'd be left there with the door closed
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or sometimes they would try to put it through the windows
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and stuff like that.
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The chimney thing didn't work out.
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I was freed like 30 or 45 minutes into it
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'cause my dad was like, I can't do that to you.
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I think I was like Elvis Presley one year, that was fine.
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My sister dyed my hair with Manic Panic.
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Someone asked me the other day
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why am I an actor and the answer was
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because Manic Panic had its way with my brain probably.
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I don't know.
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You know my first kiss was in the stairwell
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in elementary school, in the stairwell.
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Right the door closed and we kissed.
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It was a peck.
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You want the real, what was the first sloppy one?
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Outside a bowling alley.
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It was a birthday party
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of a friend of mine who was having a birthday party
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at a bowling alley.
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I didn't even know it was gonna happen.
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We were like talking outside
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and she sorta made the first move.
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I was like, this is the beginning of the end, yeah.
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Yeah it was wonderful.
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I remember asking my grandfather about when he first
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kissed my grandmother.
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I was going around Queens with him
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'cause we were touring around where he grew up.
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We went to the park out there and he said
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I remember on the first date I took your grandmother.
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They were divorced many years before.
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I said what was it like?
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He said, he closed his eyes, he said,
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glorious, like that.
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I love dogs, I just love them.
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They're so playful, they bring that out
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in us if we allow it.
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I don't think I'm that playful generally.
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I need to be reminded of it so they remind me of that.
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When I housebroke my dog it was like probably
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one of the proudest moments I've had
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in the past three years, you know.
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It was like such tremendous triumph.
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Every three hours taking my dog out to pee from his crate
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and then finally one day I didn't have to it was like,
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[laughing] it was amazing.
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It was truly truly amazing.
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Yeah, those are the little things.
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[Lynn] What was your first pet's name?
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Rosie, now everybody knows every code
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to every one of my passwords.
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[bleeping]
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Every [bleeping] code, what was the first street
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you lived on, what was your first pet?
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I'm like [bleeping].
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The first street I lived on was Norton.
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[Lynn] So you're Rosie Norton.
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Yeah my porn name? Yeah. Your porn name.
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Is that what it is, right?
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Is that what you're gonna ask?
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Rosie Norton. Yeah.
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I mean, right? [laughing]
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It's always good to be friends with the cops.
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I actually recently unfortunately got a speeding ticket
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which I was like, watch this it's cool, I got this.
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And then he was like, license and registration please?
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I was like, but I mean buddy, he was like,
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license and registration.
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I was like I played a cop, he's like [bleeping] yourself.
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So that didn't help.
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Did I get the nod, at least I got the nod. [laughing]
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I still got the [bleeping] ticket, but I got the nod.