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Jake Gyllenhaal: 'Destruction is everywhere'

Published 09/04/2016

Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal thinks people should be held accountable for bullying others.

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is concerned patterns of destruction have become more prevalent in society now than ever before.

The 35 year old stars in new drama Demolition, about an investment banker named Davis who suddenly finds his routine life unfulfilling after losing his wife in a fatal car accident.

Jake's character Davis literally demolishes many aspects of his life in the film and the screen star thinks similar acts of destruction are occurring literally and metaphorically in the wider community.

"I see it everywhere," he tells Vulture. "I see it in bullying. It’s a preadolescent behaviour. Kids at a certain age build up blocks and a second later, they’ll kick them all down, and there’s this satisfaction. I see that when we talk s**t about each other, when we criticise each other about things that are obvious projections, but hurt."

Jake believes many of these acts of destructive violence are very subtle and are not normally acknowledged by others - something he can no longer tolerate.

"People should be held accountable for that," he says of mean behaviour like bullying. "Even in the political spectrum at this moment, I feel there’s an engagement of that preadolescent piece in all of us. I feel like (current U.S. presidential candidate Donald) Trump seems to be engaging that preadolescent part, but we need an adult as a leader, and we need an adult who ignites the adult in us. I only speak that way because I act in an adolescent way, so I need someone who’s my leader to show me how to act."

Jake's new movie Demolition reached U.S. theatres on Friday (8Apr16).

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