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The Frame 'First': How Jake Gyllenhaal was inspired by Denzel Washington to become an actor




(L-R) Jihmi Kennedy, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman in the 1989 film
(L-R) Jihmi Kennedy, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman in the 1989 film "Glory." Washington won Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance.
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During our recent interview with Jake Gyllenhaal around the opening of his current film, "Nightcrawler," he told us how watching a particularly emotional performance inspired him to become an actor: 

The first time that I knew that I wanted to be an actor, and I saw a piece of acting that made me feel that way was seeing "Glory" when I was a young boy. And watching Denzel Washington in the scene where he looks in the camera while he's being whipped. I remember ... the way he looks in the camera and the performance in that moment ... with great vulnerability and great strength in the same moment. And I realized that was something I wanted to strive for. Not only as an actor, but also as a person. To try and be open and vulnerable and, at the same time, be strong. 

 

Washington won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1990 for his role in "Glory": 



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