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Jake Gyllenhaal says being legally blind is ‘advantageous’

Jake Gyllenhall doesn’t always wear glasses in his films, like Relay, SomnambulistAnd Brokeback Mountainbut he certainly needs it in real life.

The actor was born with lazy eye that “naturally resolved,” he wore corrective lenses since age 6 and remains legally blind, according to a new profile published in The Hollywood Reporter. His vision is now 20/1250.

But that doesn’t bother him.

“I like to think it’s advantageous,” he told the outlet. “I’ve never known anything else. When I can’t see in the morning, before I put on my glasses, it’s a place where I can be with myself.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal talks about his vision.

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In fact, Gyllenhaal even used his blindness to improve his acting; during the filming of a scene in left-handedAccording to the article, “Gyllenhaal removed his contacts to force himself to listen more carefully” when the police tell his character that his wife has died.

Next, Gyllenhaal will next star in the Apple TV+ series Presumed innocent, a legal thriller from David E. Kelley and executive producer JJ Abrams, based on the bestselling novel by Scott Turow. Gyllenhaal plays Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Sabich involved in a murder.

Audiences will see the actor wearing a pair of glasses in the role. He said his character on the show was modeled on his godfather, the late Paul Newman, and that he tucked his glasses halfway up a button-down shirt, just like Newman.

“He also wore them dangling from his ear and stuff like that,” Gyllenhaal said.

The Oscar-nominated actor knew Newman through his parents, director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, who was nominated for an Oscar for Running empty in 1988.

The actor also praised the talent of his older sister, director and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, and explained that he became interested in acting after seeing her appear in his middle school production of South Pacific.

“My sister has always been brilliant,” he said. “What it did for me was introduce something that I would inevitably always pursue. She takes a step and does something and I’m like, ‘Whoa, holy shit. All right, I’ll try that.’ ‘ ‘”

Eight-episode Apple TV+ limited series Presumed innocent premieres Wednesday, June 12.

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News Source : ew.com

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