Jake Gyllenhaal Had To Shoot an Entire Film in 11 Days, Claimed It Was Too Difficult Despite Getting Rave Reviews For His Neurotic Performance

Jake Gyllenhaal hated the small window of just 11 days of filming of The Guilty due to the pandemic restrictions

Jake Gyllenhaal Had To Shoot an Entire Film in 11 Days, Claimed It Was Too Difficult Despite Getting Rave Reviews For His Neurotic Performance


  • Jake Gyllenhaal is known for pushing himself to fully embody the character he is assigned to play be it a thriller or a romantic-comedy
  • The actor revealed that he had a hard time during the filming of The Guilty that happened during the COVID pandemic
  • The creators had a short window of 11 days and would film about 20 pages of the script in a day and it took a toll on the actor
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Jake Gyllenhaal is no stranger to challenging himself as an actor, which has deservedly earned him the status of one of the most acclaimed actors working in Hollywood. From Donnie Darko to Nightcrawler, the actor hasn’t failed to do justice to the material he is given, but for the crime drama The Guilty, the Far From Home Star pushed himself even further.


Following his second collaboration with director Antoine Fuqua, with the first one being 2015’s Southpaw, Gyllenhaal once again challenged himself as an actor, which ended up taking a toll on him.

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Jake Gyllenhaal at an event
Jake Gyllenhaal

Filming The Guilty Within 11 Days Was Pretty Taxing for Jake Gyllenhaal

Considering COVID was at an all-time high back in 2021, Antoine Fuqua and the crew had a pretty short window to wrap up the filming process for the spy thriller. This resulted in them shooting the entire film within just 11 days, which was incredibly taxing for the crew, especially lead Jake Gyllenhaal. Speaking with Lady Gaga on Variety’s Actors on Actors, the actor recounted the tiring process, explaining that they had to shoot 20 pages of script each day.

Jake Gyllenhaal in The guilty
Jake Gyllenhaal | The Guilty

While the initial days of filming were pretty overwhelming for the actor, things eventually paid off, as Gyllenhaal was quite content with the end product. He told Gaga:

“In the process, Antoine Fuqua, who directed the film, decided 20 pages a day of the script. And he was like, we’re not turning back. You get your shots, and then we go on to the next… And I remember at day three or four going, I want to go back, to paint maybe a different angle or a different edge on something. And I couldn’t.”

The short duration did end up benefiting the Fuqua-led project in various manners, as it helped elevate the intensity of the crime thriller.


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Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal’s First Collaboration With Antoine Fuqua Wasn’t Easy

While it was COVID that plagued the production of The Guilty, Jake Gyllenhaal also didn’t have a great time working with Antoine Fuqua the first time. Although he succeeded in attaining the perfect physique and even got a few boxing lessons under his belt, the second week of shooting turned out detrimental for him, as he took a real blow to the face. The actor recalled the jarring incident on the sets of Southpaw while speaking to US Weekly (via The New York Post), stating,

“I will tell you this: There was that initial [hit]. It was the first time I really got hit. It was this moment where I think you ask yourself what you’re trying to experience.”

Also read: Christopher Nolan Rescued Jake Gyllenhaal’s Breakout Film ‘Donnie Darko’ After Realizing The Sci-Fi Thriller’s Brilliant Potential

Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw
Southpaw (2015)

Fortunately, despite the crew members’ fear that the Prisoners Star might fail to continue shooting, Gyllenhaal went on to complete the filming process and did an impeccable job as Billy Hope.

The Guilty is available to stream on Netflix.

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