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Jake Gyllenhaal: The Fresh Air interview

On getting his first role as Billy Crystal’s son in City Slickers when he was 10:

“I remember I went to some sort of party with my parents and Billy Crystal was there and he saw me and he said, “Will he come in and read for this movie I have?” … I guess I must’ve been acting out — if you spent more time with me in real life you’d see I like to act out — and so I was making some fool out of myself. I think I remember what happened — he was leaving and I knew who he was and I picked up a chair from the table and I said, “Here, take this. This is your party favor.” That’s just me. It doesn’t make much sense, but he loved it and he thought it was really funny.”