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During the scene where Jake Gyllenhaal screams at himself in the mirror, Gyllenhaal got so into this improvised scene that the mirror broke, cutting his hand. He was driven to the hospital by the director after a nineteen-hour day of working and got forty-six stitches in a four-hour long operation, returning to the set six hours after being discharged. This is the reason why Gyllenhaal had his hand behind his back in the scene where he tells the scrapyard owner his motto.
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Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed rode along with actual "nightcrawlers" in Los Angeles to prepare for their roles.
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Jake Gyllenhaal memorized the entire movie like a play.
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To create Lou's gaunt appearance, Jake Gyllenhaal worked out for up to 8 hours a day and ran or cycled to the set everyday.
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Jake Gyllenhaal appears in every scene of the film.
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Dan Gilroy considered a backstory that would help explain how Lou Bloom became the amoral and damaged "survivor" he was in the film. However, he ultimately cut the entire idea from his script because he didn't want to either spend a lot of time on Lou's origin or make him very sympathetic.
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Director Dan Gilroy on the impetus for the film: "I think to some degree it's certainly an indictment of local television news, but I'd like to cast a wider net in the sense that all of us really watch these images. I would hope that maybe a viewer would take it further and maybe go, 'Why do I watch these images and how many of these images do I want to put into my own spirit?'"
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Despite receiving nominations for Best Actor at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, SAG, Critics Choice awards, Independent Spirit Awards and even the Saturn Awards, Jake Gyllenhaal failed to receive an Academy Award nomination. Critics, audiences, major film groups and publications considered this a major snub. He is only one of eight actors that this has happened to.
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The coyote theme became so strong that it was considered as an alternate title.
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The Raishbrook Brothers (the actual "stringers" Gyllenhaal and Ahmed trained with in preparation for the film) make a small cameo when Louis arrives to the structure fire too late near the beginning of the film. They are the two last ones to leave the scene. They would later go on to make and feature in the Netflix series Shot in the Dark (2017).
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Based partially on the career of Arthur "Weegee" Fellig, the first photojournalist who was well-known for reaching crime scenes quickly by tuning into police radio broadcasts.
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Several actors auditioned for the character of Rick, but while most played him as a laid-back, pot-smoking surfer dude Dan loved how Ahmed's audition played him far sadder.
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The music cues in the movie represent the music cues in Lou's head.
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The film was shot over 28 nights.
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Apparently Riz Ahmed, who plays Rick, was unfamiliar with Bed Bath & Beyond and pronounces it oddly at the red light stop at (39:54). "Someone corrected him and every take that he did it the right way and wasn't nearly as good," so they stuck with the first take.
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Editor John Gilroy points out that the character of Louis Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is a lead with no back story. "I've never been involved in anything where the character came from nowhere."
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The diner scene with the two shooters eating within saw competing opinions from the film's technical police advisers. One said the police would wait for backup and then enter in a line, shotguns at the ready, but another recalled that when he was a street cop he and his partner would enter the establishment and order at the counter as a way of vetting the veracity of the call. They went with the latter as it aided the suspense better.
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Dan's note to Gyllenhaal for the scene where Lou reveals his grand career plan to Nina was to do it as if he was proposing to her.
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After the scene in which Lou shows the newsroom his Horror House footage, the broadcast director cuts to break on a Bird's Eye food commercial featuring wolves. The movie follows this theme of predatory animals in its depiction of Lou, and the commercial ends with the slogan "Dinner is Complete," as the Horror House story is Lou's big break into the world of stringer journalism.
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When Rick meets with Lou for his job interview, they sit at a booth in a diner. The same diner is used in the film Drive (2011), as the restaurant the protagonist's love interest works in.
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Dan Gilroy first meeting with Jake Gyllenhaal saw the actor ask the writer how he saw this character. "I see it as a success story," said Dan, and Gyllenhaal burst out laughing as he agreed 100%. They both loved the idea of "eliminating any of the classic moral labels" that would typically define a character.
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The film's climax was filmed on Laurel Canyon Blvd. in the San Fernando Valley, only several blocks away from the location of the infamous shootout in 1997 between two heavily armed bank robbers and L.A. police, in which both robbers were killed.
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It was Tony Gilroys suggestion to have Rick point out while following the killers in the SUV that Lou's car is red and therefore not great for following so closely.
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The movie Jake Gyllenhaal is watching on his TV, when the knight's helmet is lobbed off, is The Court Jester (1955) featuring Danny Kaye.
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They closed down ten blocks of Laurel Blvd for a few nights to capture the police chase.
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Cinematographer Robert Elswit is Jake Gyllenhaal's godfather.
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The plant that Lou waters in his apartment was originally a dog in the script. Both were meant solely to keep Lou from being too unlikable, but they switched it as the dog kept getting in the way.
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The creators consulted with an LA-based "Stringer" organization called RMG News, owned and operated by Howard, Austin and Marc Raishbrook, who also feature in Netflix's original series 'Shot in the Dark' (2017). Two of the brothers appear very briefly as extras in the film after Lou arrives late to a fire.
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Writer/Director Dan Gilroy came up with the idea for the film after he heard about a crime reporter in the 1930s who was the first to put a "police scanner" in his car, take photos of crime and accident scenes, and then sell them to the papers. "I thought it was a very interesting intersection between commerce and crime. Before I could do anything with it Joe Pesci made a film called The Public Eye" which effectively killed that specific idea. He moved to LA afterward and learned about the present-day "nightcrawlers" which became the basis for the story. Dan knew he wanted to direct the film after writing it, and as it would be his directorial debut he turned to his brother Tony for help. He sent the script to Tony who thought Dan wanted him to direct, and Tony reluctantly began convincing himself to do so as he was on a break from filmmaking, but a call to Dan cleared up the confusion and Tony happily supported his brother's move into directing
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The "burn" is the amount over budget you spend in a day, and they had a $40k burn the night they filmed the Mexican restaurant scene between Lou and Nina as the pair was doing such great work they just kept going.
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They filmed the early newsroom scenes at Los Angeles' KTLA studios. "They were going to kick us out if a big story broke."
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The billboard for eyeglasses that Lou passes is reminiscent of the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby; both stories address the idea of the American Dream and its flaws.
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During production Riz Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhaal would go without sleep and binge junk food to help stay in the character. During one of these all nighters Riz Ahmend introduced Jake to Angel Delight, a classic British dessert. Jake enjoyed it so much he requested it to be added to the options provided by catering.
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The shot of Lou on the studio's camera monitor sitting at the anchor desk was cinematographer Robert Elswit's suggestion.
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Lou's interview with the detective after the police chase saw Gyllenhaal staying in character and challenging Michael Hyatt's Det. Frontieri. "There was definitely tension while they were doing this scene because he was very in character, like go ahead, try to get it out of me."
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The red car Jake Gyllenhaal drives in the second half of the film is a 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8. He starts off driving a Toyota Tercel.
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Paparazzi caught a photo of Gyllenhaal in his man-bun and the photo appeared in People magazine along with a poll showing that most Americans did not approve.
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4Jake Gyllenhaal's character introduces himself to detectives as Lou. Earlier in the movie he corrects his assistant for calling him Lou and says "It's Louis". He uses Lou with detectives to seem laid back and approachable and Louis with his assistant to appear authoritative.
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Dan wrote the part of news producer Nina Romina for Rene Russo who coincidentally enough is his wife.
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When Rick is filling up Lou's car with gas, a poster for the Tom Hanks film Captain Phillips (2013) is visible in the background.
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A fourth Gilroy appears at 1:08:30 when John's daughter Carolyn Gilroy appears as Nina's assistant Jenny.
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Like Michael Mann's Collateral (2004) ten years earlier, "Nightcrawler" was also shot both digitally and on film.
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They compare the news sequence where Lou's home invasion footage is broadcast with news anchor commentary guided by Nina's voice in their ear to the similar scene producer in the ear piece in James L.Brook's masterpiece Broadcast News.
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Tony Gilroy doesn't like the part of the home invasion scene where Lou enters the nursery because there's no baby anywhere.
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Some filmmakers stay through the end credits to continue talking or to thank the people listed, but Dan cannot wait to end the commentary and wraps it up quickly as soon as the credits start.
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The name of the first family whose house Lou enters without permission is Cahill, the same last name as Gyllenhaal's character in Brothers.
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The scene where Lou sells the fridge footage to Nina over Frank's (Kevin Rahm) sweater-vested objection was filmed on sound stages owned by the Scientology Center. It's one of the oldest sound stages in LA dating back to 1919.
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This film is not related to the Marvel comics character Nightcrawler, who is a member of the X-Men. However, several actors from this film would later collaborate with Marvel projects. Jake Gyllenhaal played Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) and Rene Russo played Frigga in the MCU films Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Riz Ahmed played Carlton Drake/Riot in Sony's Venom (2018).
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Lisa Remillard's debut.
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Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Hyatt appeared in The Good Girl (2002) but didn't share any scenes together.
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Rene Russo was in the movie Buddy (1997) with Alan Cummings who played the X-Men hero 'Nightcrawler' in X2: X-Men United (2003).
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The filmmakers made a point of not having Lou Bloom undergo a "character arc" because they felt he would have become a certain type of person and stayed that way as an adult. That was also why the initial scene has Lou assaulting and robbing a security guard; it was important that the audience not feel Lou became a worse person because of his work as a nightcrawler, but instead recognized he was malevolent from the start.
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Jake Gyllenhaal did most of his own driving scenes, including the climactic car chase at the end.
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Although a sexual relationship is alluded to in a couple of conversations between Louis and Nina, the two actors never make any physical contact with each other, aside from shaking hands.
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During a Q&A, director Dan Gilroy stated that he views Lou's insane drive as an "infection" that spreads to each character Lou interacts with throughout the film. At the closing of the film, where Lou's company vans are parting ways down different streets is, as Gilroy describes, "the infection spreading through the veins of the city."
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The crane shot that ends the film is meant to suggest that Lou is a virus "and that he was now going to spread and infect the rest of us."
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Body Count: 8
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When Louis (Jake Gyllenhaal) upgrades to the Dodge Challenger, Rick (Riz Ahmed) spills gas on the new car while filling up the tank. Lou chastises him for it and threatens to terminate him--foreshadowing his fate when Lou intentionally leads Rick into getting shot right near the end of the film as he "threatens to compromise" the operation.
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