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There’s a scene in Jake Gyl­len­haal’s re­cent film, De­mo­li­tion, where his in­vest­ment banker char­ac­ter, Davis, leaves work and walks on to a build­ing site, unan­nounced, to join work­men in de­stroy­ing an aban­doned build­ing. Sledge­ham­mer in hand, he hacks away at a wall, kick­ing, claw­ing at the wood pan­elling. He’s just lost his wife, by the way. Maybe his mind, too. But the thing that stands out is not sim­ply the des­per­a­tion of a man fall­ing apart be­fore your very eyes, but that even though Davis is now all but cov­ered in dust, he still looks fuck­ing good in a suit. Gyl­len­haal first burst on to the scene with 2001 cult classic, Don­nie Darko. Since then, he’s scarcely put a foot wrong (we’re will­ing to for­get Prince of Per­sia if you are) – some­thing not even Ryan Gosling has man­aged in re­cent years. His film choices have been equal parts smart and suc­cess­ful, chal­leng­ing both for him (slim­ming down, bulk­ing up, slim­ming down again) and for fans – dar­ing them to stick by him as Broke­back Moun­tain’s Jack Twist or as the im­moral, am­bu­lance-chas­ing cam­era­man Louis Bloom in Nightcrawler. What Gyl­len­haal has crafted over his two decades as an ac­tor is a style of his own. He re­fuses to be type­cast, even when faced with what must have been the pretty tempt­ing option of churn­ing out mind­less block­busters, then jet­ting off to the Ba­hamas for a life of Cham­pagne and su­per­mod­els. In a time when stars tightly con­trol their image, Gyl­len­haal has edge. On screen, he’s a chameleon who looks just as good clean shaven or sport­ing a full beard; with his hair slicked back in Prisoners or buzzed off in South­paw. And we in­vite you to do your­self a favour and show our cover to your bar­ber, next time you’re due for a cut, be­cause he may well have the best hair in Hol­ly­wood. But don’t just take our word for it. Tom Ford gave him the ul­ti­mate nod, choos­ing him to star in the de­signer’s sec­ond film, Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals. A screen adap­ta­tion of the novel Tony and Su­san by Amer­i­can au­thor Austin Wright, it’s due out later this year. Un­til then, we’ll leave you to ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­fort­less cool of Mr Gyl­len­haal – a very mod­ern style icon.

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