At least one filmmaker can’t deal with Jake Gyllenhaal.
French director Thomas Bidegain told the website Technikart that in 2021, he dropped the English version of his film Suddenly after only four days of production, due to Jake’s behavior on set in Iceland.
According to a translation of the Talk News report, the filmmakers said Jake read the script in a mocking French accent, demanded wild rewrites, forced the filmmakers to sleep in their cars as a Covid precaution, and stripped down to his underwear in front of the crew to do so. jumped into the frozen ocean, after declaring: “When I see the sea, I swim in the sea.”
Suddenly is an English adaptation of French writer Isabelle Autissier’s novel Soudain Seuls, which follows a couple stranded on an island, according to Deadline.
The film was supposed to be Bidegain’s second directorial project following his success as a screenwriter for the acclaimed films A Prophet and Rust And Bone. Jake has signed on to the project as one of its producers, and co-stars in the film alongside The Crown alum Vanessa Kirby.
Representatives for Jake and Studiocanal — the studio financing the project — have denied Bidegain’s claims against AV Club, saying that Jake and Vanessa’s time in Iceland was just “part of the development process” and that an English-language Soudain Seuls film was never made. actually got the green light (Bidegain eventually made a French-language adaptation, which premiered in 2023.)
A Studiocanal spokesperson also told AV Club in a statement:
“Creative differences are a very normal, albeit unfortunate, regularity in film development. In this case, there were concerns that could not be resolved despite the best efforts of both parties. We really value all our relationships at Studiocanal and are delighted that Thomas Bidegain was able to fulfill his vision on the French version of Suddenly. We remain committed to our working partnership with Thomas Bidegain and Jake Gyllenhaal, with whom we have always enjoyed a very strong creative relationship.”
Thomas Bidegain also told Technikart a little about some of the “creative differences” he had with the Brokeback Mountain star.
Based on the Soudain Seuls trailer, the film tells the story of a couple who are accidentally stranded on an island and how they work together to survive against the elements.
The director interprets the overall meaning as: “It’s the end of the world, and, perhaps, love can save us.”
However, Jake seems to think it’s about “love of nature.” Bidegain said the Donnie Darko cast created a new reading for the film after taking a walk in the woods and encountering a horse. He then returned to the writers’ room to sell his new concept in a truly bizarre way — by playing a video of Greta Thunberg speaking while crying.Thomas Bidegain
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Jake also tried changing elements of his character, according to reports. Jake stated that the actor wanted his character to be a GI used to survival, and suggested the writers create a new scene for him in which the actor slaps a fish.
The director also said that Jake had very specific requests for his means of transportation, and requested a car that was “neither red nor white.”
Bidegain also told Technikart that Jake and Vanessa read the script with exaggerated French accents, likening them to the cartoon character Pepé Le Pew.
“That’s a little embarrassing. I told myself that maybe there is a little shyness between the two of them, so they need to tame themselves,” he claimed.