THE BIG STYLE ISSUE
“HE REALLY HAS WONDERFUL STYLE AND JUST ALWAYS LOOKS SO GOOD.” TOM FORDON
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.