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Jake Gyllenhaal digs deep for gritty 'Nightcrawler' role

Jake Gyllenhaal digs deep for gritty 'Nightcrawler' role

In "Nightcrawler," Jake Gyllenhaal plays a man whose drive for success leads him to do despicable things. As Louis Bloom — a freelancer who sells graphic video footage of crimes and accidents to local news stations — he drives recklessly through the L.A. streets, sexually blackmails a colleague and even tinkers with crime scene evidence to make a shot better.

He seems beneath contempt, but Gyllenhaal felt something pulling him toward the dark character.

"There is still a Lou in me," the actor notes. "He's exploring how far you'll really go for success. There's an entire generation that's been fed the idea of success at any cost, and many of us are...