Jake Gyllenhaal loses the beard & some noticeable weight: would you hit it?


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I saw these Jake Gyllenhaal photos first thing this morning and I was taken aback by how weird Jake looked to me. It took me a moment to realize that Jake has been bearded (heh) for a large chunk of the past few years, and I had gotten used to seeing him with the facial hair. It’s been a while since I’ve seen his naked face and now that I’m seeing it… he looks different, right? Is this the same Jake? Us Weekly points out that Jake has lost weight for his new movie, so maybe that’s what’s throwing me off.

Jake Gyllenhaal is losing himself in his latest movie. Like Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale before him, the End of Watch star, 32, has undergone a major transformation for a role. On Sunday, Oct. 13, the normally athletic actor revealed a noticeably slimmer frame on the set of his new film, Nightcrawler.

The thriller, set for release in 2014, features Gyllenhaal as a freelance reporter in L.A. who stumbles upon the underground world of crime journalism. Dressed for the part in gray slacks, a white shirt, and a gray jacket, the Oscar nominee (for 2006′s Brokeback Mountain) looked as if he’d lost a significant amount of weight, particularly in his face. He also sported longer locks, which he combed over to the side of his head.

Of course, this is not the first time the actor has made over his body for a role. He famously bulked up in 2010 to play the title role in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

“I was paid to get in shape,” Gyllenhaal told Moviefone of packing on several pounds of muscle for the part. “The hardest thing I think was being able to get flexible, because acrobatics and stuff like that take a real flexibility…There were a lot of times it was inhibiting because normally, if you’re a gymnast, you wouldn’t have huge, big arms.”

That said, he had a great time. “There was nothing really that hard about it,” he said. “It was pretty fun.”

Nightcrawler also stars Rene Russo and Bill Paxton. Gyllenhaal is producing as well as starring in the movie, which has a shoestring budget — but a lot of heart. “I’m producing it with Tony Gilroy,” he told Us Weekly at the Toronto International Film Festival. “We’re shooting on a 24-hour schedule and we have like no money. But it’s a really solid screenplay.”

[From Us Weekly]

“…Features Gyllenhaal as a freelance reporter in L.A. who stumbles upon the underground world of crime journalism…” So basically it’s a lot like Zodiac, only set in LA and maybe not set in the 1970s? By the way, I LOVE Zodiac. God, that’s such a wonderfully done and elegantly creepy movie. And I don’t understand why Jake would want to do a budget version of it either, considering he was so good in Zodiac.

So, would you hit it? I would not. I prefer my Jake with a beard (!) and with some extra meat on his bones. But even then, I probably wouldn’t hit it because there’s something about Jake that makes my biscuit want to close up shop. Also: I will never want to bang a dude who wears his hair in a tiny ponytail. Ever.

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68 Responses to “Jake Gyllenhaal loses the beard & some noticeable weight: would you hit it?”

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  1. Jen says:

    yeeeeeeesh, not a good look for him.

  2. Belle Epoch says:

    Why does he look like an ape in all these pictures?

  3. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Eh….maybe for old time’s sake, but we’d have to fix his hair first.

  4. teehee says:

    The lost weight doesnt compliment him— he has a large frame, so now his head looks tiny for his body and his arms seem too long…. he should keep the extra weight.

  5. GiGi says:

    Ugh – he’s totally Orlando Blooming. Where does the hot go?

    • Apples says:

      Ha ha! GREAT term.

    • Age is just a number says:

      I keep forgetting this blog is full of old tired hags jealous of pretty 24 years old who can get it when they can’t.

      • GiGi says:

        Oooh – you called it darling… we’re all just a bunch of cat ladies crying into our soup whilst trying to satisfy ourselves with our mates’ decrepit genetalia.

        Hold on while I put my teeth back in and pull up my giant underpants… it’s going to take a minute because I’ll have a hard time seeing what with all the eyerolling that will be necessary.

      • O says:

        Do NOT feed the troll.

      • Nev says:

        shhhhhhhh…

        Mommy’s trying to read her blog.

    • elisa says:

      LOL, yes.

      At first glance, and before I read the title, I thought that was a pic of Bloom.

    • Littlewood says:

      LMAO, yes! As if Miranda Kerr sucked the pretty out of him. Wonder is she ever met Jake?

  6. Dawn says:

    Awww…I like Jake and have since I saw him the one good movie that JA did..can’t remember the name though! Anyway I think he looks good here.

    • Florc says:

      Off hand there’s Donnie Darko and Broke Back Mountain. Both great movies. I can’t really think of anything else he’s been in that was good.

      • manta says:

        I remembered really loving Jarhead, and Source code was brilliant. Brothers could have been great, but Portman’s acting always annoys me.

      • bettyrose says:

        Donnie &Brokeback are more good in two movies than most actors get in a career though.

  7. mercy says:

    I thought he was looking skinny! Not that he’s ever been heavy, but his face has looked so different lately, and not in a good way. I’m glad it’s only for a movie.

  8. OMG! I would hit it! He could be in full drag, smeared in leftover fast food grease, covered in bugs, etc. and I would gladly hop on :)

    I love clean shaven Jake!

    • wiffie says:

      I’m with you. He’s like Leo for me. Even when he technically shouldn’t be considered hot anymore, I’d still hit it no matter what. i’m nostalgic like that.

  9. Mika says:

    Eww no, he looks so creepy after the weight loss. WILL NOT HIT IT.

  10. Matty says:

    I agree with you, Kaiser. There’s just something about him that screams: “NOOOOOOOOOOO!” It’s not the hair, it’s not the beard, it’s not the weight… it’s simply him. And for the record: I like him. But he doesn’t attract me at all. He is an “instantly-friendzoned-case” for me.

  11. miriam says:

    He looks quite bad. The weightloss really ages him.

  12. RN says:

    Wow, I can’t believe he’s only 32. It’s remarkably easy to visualize him as a middle-aged man. Jake has lost that sexy spark.

  13. paola says:

    It seems like the ‘Taylor Dementor Swift effect’ is still going strong on him. Every dude she has been dating look depressed, haunted or meth addict.

  14. Darkladi says:

    Nope. He’s about as sexually appealing as a bowl of peas

  15. Emily C. says:

    Wow, he looks terrible. I never was attracted to him, but I understood how other people could be. Now… ick. He desperately needs to regain much NEEDED (not “extra”) weight.

  16. brin says:

    Where did she go? The beard, I mean.

  17. Bopit says:

    Much hotter with the beard IMO.

  18. JuliaGulia says:

    He doesn’t look well – not just the weightloss, which may be intentional, but the skintone too. He looks kinda grey!

  19. ag-UK says:

    I know gone is the really cute Brokeback Mountain guy. He looks like he has aged a lot. Trying to keep up with under 24′s is hard work. :)

  20. Trek Girl says:

    I don’t understand disliking the way he looks when you know it’s for a movie. I mean, you don’t have to like it, but the “Not a good look” and “Where did the beard go?” comments are pretty silly.

    He’s an actor, he’s acting, and for this job, that involves more than him just wearing different clothes and getting a different hairstyle.

  21. Mandy says:

    He looks so old here! I’m not a huge fan of his anyways so, NO I would not hit it.

  22. Quinn Parker says:

    Would not have recognized him in a million years.

  23. GiGi says:

    The troll has decided to come out from under the bridge today everyone!

    Darn – now it looks like I’m talking to myself… which I, um, of course… never do…

  24. brin says:

    Thanks, Kaiser!

  25. O says:

    Oh Brin, whatever will you do? Jake’ll never be in your “worned out vagina”!!! rme

  26. O says:

    I don’t know why weight loss’ll be necessary for this role? All these actors who gain & lose weight for movie roles need to look @ Tom Hanks. Years of erratic dieting & now he has diabetes. It goes without saying that the gaining & losing weight for different roles wrecked his body.
    Regarding the hair… He looks like Samurai Jack. Now thats a movie I’ll pay to see

  27. j.eyre says:

    Second to the Zodiac comments – I thought that movie was very, very good – super creepy and horrifying without being explicit; gory without being overly graphic.

  28. Aenna says:

    No tiny bun:(

  29. Happy21 says:

    I never really find him attractive until I saw him in Prisoners. He was pretty hot in that movie. After that I found him pretty hot with the beard. Like this I don’t find him even remotely attractive. With the beard, yes, I’d hit it, without the hair and the weight, not a chance…

  30. MissNostalgia says:

    Jake was EXCELLENT in the movie “Prisoners”; his best movie role since Zodiac. If you have not seen it…go see it!

  31. Anon says:

    I’ve recently been on a Jake Gyllenhaal kick. He is not what I normally find attractive (I am a Benedict Cumberbatch sort of lady) but then I watched some of his interviews and he is so fricking adorable.

    I dare you to not feel the same after watching some of his David Letterman or Jonathan Ross interviews.

    However I do agree, with the weight loss and the weird hair he does look creepy. But I would still hit it. Over and over and over.

  32. Cookie says:

    I find him way hotter looking like this than I ever have before.

  33. Relli says:

    From the thumbnail on the first page he looks like Andrew Keegan and I thought OM MY he came out of hiding just to give his own interview on LeAnn. But then I got closer to the screen and saw it was bubble boy going through his arty hipster phase.

    Also did I miss something on this thread? what happened?

  34. *Laowai* says:

    So, here’s my confession about J.G…

    I never thought he was hot, ever. For the life of me, I am never going to get the estrogen hoopla over this guy. I always thought that his proportions were weird, and unattractive.

    But this is much less attractive than he used to be.

  35. Nan209 says:

    He’s looking a little rough.

  36. Donny's Darkhole says:

    would not hit

  37. lisa2 says:

    I am always on the fence about Jake. He does look like he did in Brokeback Mountain.

    Jake is one of those people that looks good in certain conditions. Like that Seinfeld episode where Jerry dates this girl that only looks good in certain lighting.

  38. stanhope says:

    Sure I’d spit in my hand and slap it in his crack and yell full speed ahead. LOL