The New York Times
Arts & Leisure
August 26, 2012
Now, the Next Stage
By PATRICK HEALY
JAKE GYLLENHAAL made a deal with himself 10 years ago: For every three movies he made, he would perform in a play.
It was a deal he didn’t keep.
He was 21 back then, on a high from his London stage debut as a sensitive slacker in Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth,” the sort of hangdog character that had turned him into an indie darling in movies like “Donnie Darko” and “Lovely & Amazing.” But going off to do plays isn’t part of the Hollywood fast track for young actors still proving themselves at the box office. So Mr. Gyllenhaal tested for the Spider-Man and Batman franchises and other roles that might transform him into an action hero or leading man.
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