Jake Gyllenhaal has opened up a bit about his role as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far from Home. Gyllenhaal, for a number of years, in terms of talent and range, has been one of the top actors working in Hollywood. But, up until now, he hadn't been lured into the world of comic book movies. That's set to change this summer when he shares the screen with Tom Holland's Spider-Man. Now, the actor explains what drew him to the role and what took him so long to board a comic book movie.
The Sundance Film Festival is currently taking place and Jake Gyllenhaal is on hand to promote his latest movie, Velvet Buzzsaw, which reunites him with Nightcrawler filmmaker Dan Gilroy. During an interview at the festival, the Oscar-nominee discussed his role as Mysterio in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel, explaining that this is a character that actually has some depth, and it's a role that suits his talents. Here's what Gyllenhaal had to say about it.
"He's a great character...you know it was one of those things that people have asked me for a number of years, 'Are you going to do / do you want to do a movie like that, or if you were asked to would you?' And my response has always been, particularly since being at Sundance [where] so many of the stories [are]...character-driven and that has always been my desire, to find something in that space that seems to match my skill and also what I love and my own honesty. And it just so happened that it does with that part. So, I'm glad that people feel excited about it."
In the world of Marvel Comics, Mysterio, a master of illusion who doesn't actually have any superhuman powers, has been classically portrayed as a villain. However, as we saw in the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, it's not going to be so simple. At the end of the trailer, Jake Gyllenhaal is revealed as the fan-favorite character and, at least on the surface, he appears to be saving the day, aiding Peter Parker in fighting a mysterious destructive foe.
It would seem that this version of Mysterio isn't just going to be a mustache-twirling, by-the-numbers bad guy. That's something that has been an issue for the MCU in the past. It's clear that this take on the character is what drew Jake Gyllenhaal to it and that does bode well for what we're going to see from Mysterio when the movie arrives this summer.
Jon Watts, who also helmed Spider-Man: Homecoming, returns to direct. And, despite some confusion, this movie will actually be taking place after Avengers: Endgame, meaning we still have a lot of questions that need answering. Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 5. Feel free to check out the interview clip from the LAT Entertainment Twitter account below.