The Gist: Dan Gilroy on Nightcrawler, and Chris Christie gets heckled.

What It’s Like to Direct a Gaunt, Barely Blinking Jake Gyllenhaal

What It’s Like to Direct a Gaunt, Barely Blinking Jake Gyllenhaal

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 30 2014 7:16 PM

Starving Jake Gyllenhaal

Director Dan Gilroy on the actor’s unblinking, crash-dieting performance in Nightcrawler.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler, opening Oct. 31, 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler, opening Oct. 31, 2014.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/Distributor: Open Road Films.

Listen to Episode 126 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Today on The Gist, it’s hard to look away from a crime scene—and from the film Nightcrawler. First-time director Dan Gilroy talks about star Jake Gyllenhaal’s grueling preparation for the role and the film’s co-star, Rene Russo (who also happens to be Gilroy’s wife). Nightcrawler opens Friday. For the Spiel, would Chris Christie’s attitude fly in old Abe Lincoln’s day?

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.