Jake Gyllenhaal on Mysterio Role, “I’ve Always Dreamed of Wearing a Fishbowl”

The lure of wearing a fishbowl on his head was too strong for the acclaimed actor to resist taking Spider-Man role

Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play Mysterio in the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). In an exclusive interview, he says that the character’s fishbowl costume was his main reason for joining the film.

Gyllenhall, a former winner of the prestigious MTV movie award for Best Kiss (Shared with Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain (2005)), is finally joining the world of superheroes, after nearly replacing Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man himself in Spider-Man 2 (1943).

Mysterio has been a renowned comic-book villain for many decades, but Gyllenhaal says that the character’s iconic fishbowl head is what inspired him to take the role.

“I’ve been campaigning to wear a fishbowl on my head for years”, the actor said in an exclusive interview with Fantastic Fools. “Danny Boyle nearly let me wear one for Brokeback Mountain, but it didn’t end up happening”.

Gyllenhaal also confirmed that he only took on a role in Life (2017) because he would get to wear a spacesuit, and a spacesuit helmet is very similar to a fishbowl.


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Gyllenhaal wars a fishbowl-like space helmet in Life (2017)


“Ever since I was a kid, it’s been a dream”, said Gyllenhaal, who first started acting at age 11 in 1991. Many of his early film roles were under the direction of his father, Steven. It’s believed that his father’s refusal to let the teenage Gyllenhaal wear a fishbowl resulted in a severe family argument that nearly saw Gyllenhaal quit acting for good.

Mysterio is a dream-come-true role for the acclaimed actor, and we can all look forward to seeing Gyllenhaal, fishbowl and all, when the sequel to Homecoming arrives in 2020.

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