David Fincher Comments on Jake Gyllenhaal ‘Zodiac’ Feud: ‘He Was Very Distracted’

David Fincher and Jake Gyllenhaal are said to have had tight dynamics on a set of 2007n Zodiac. In an interview after the film wrapped up a serial killer, Gyllenhaal said he didn’t have a good relationship with the Fighting club director. Now, Fincher is cleaning the air.

David Fincher and Jake Gyllenhaal return to the stage at the David Fincher Reception at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 30, 2009 |  Rebecca Sapp / WireImage
David Fincher and Jake Gyllenhaal return to the stage at Celebrating David Fincher at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 30, 2009 | Rebecca Sapp / WireImage

Jake Gyllenhaal shadowed David Fincher in a 2007 interview

In a 2007 interview with The New York Times after Zodiac folded, said Gyllenhaal the Fighting club the director was not easy to work with. He said it “paints with people” and is “difficult to color. ”

“I wish I could have matured like: ‘I know what he wants. He wants the best of me, ” he said Brokeback Mountain shared alum. He then realized how difficult it was to make the innumerable number of catches that Fincher was famous for wanting.

“What’s so wonderful about movies is you get your picture,” Gyllenhaal explained. “It simply came to our notice then. The stakes are high. You will have your chance to prove what you can do. You get a grip, 5 takes, 10 takes. In some places, 90 takes. But there is a place to stop. There’s a point where you go, ‘That’s what we have to work with.’ But we would be updating things. So there came a point where I would say, well, what do I do? Where is the danger? ”

David Fincher says Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Zodiac’ controversy was a ‘very simple’ situation

In a new interview with The New York Times, Fincher cleared the air of the drama.

“Jake was in an incredible position to be very young and with a lot of people looking for their attention, working for someone who won’t let you take a day off,” he said. “I believe you have to have everything out of your fringe perspective … I don’t think he’s ever been asked to focus on minutiae, and I think he was very drawn to. ”

“A lot of people were whistling that Jarhead is going to be this great film and put it in this other league, ”Fincher continued. “And every weekend he was dragged to the Santa Barbara film festival and the Palm Springs film festival and the [expletive] Catalina Film Festival. And when he showed up for work, he was very scattered. ”

The Social Network the director noted that he knows that his ways can feel unsettling.

“I do not want to apologize for my behavior,” he said. “There are definitely times when I can be contentious if I see someone slowing down. People go through rough patches all the time. I do. So I try to be merciful about it. But. It is: Four. One hundred. One thousand. Dollars. Day. And we may not get the chance to come back and do it again. “

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