Strange World's Jake Gyllenhaal was ‘so moved’ by Disney’s story

Strange World star Jake Gyllenhaal said he was “so moved” by the film’s story when Disney pitched it to him.

“I wanted to know what it was about [first]. That was important for me. It always is, no matter how extraordinary the company or the group of talent.

"Sometimes with these stories, you just don’t connect with them. And then when I was pitched this story I was like, I was so moved. That was sort of immediate.”

Strange World releases exclusively in cinemas on Wednesday 23 November.

Video transcript

JASMINE VALENTINE: You've both done voice acting before. Is it as chilled out? Can you just rock up in your casuals, and have fun with it? What's it like to have fun with this amazing world and what you're doing?

JAKE GYLLENHAAL: So much so that I feel like I wish I had known I was being videoed the entire time, because I did show up just pretty casual. And, man, there are a couple of times. There's some rough stuff. And now it's all on the BTS for the movie. They're like, here are some clips to approve. And you're like, Ooh, who's that? So yeah. No, we just rolled up the way we were, right?

JABOUKIE YOUNG-WHITE: Yeah. Rolled out of bed.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL: You look handsome in all of the BTS. But--

JABOUKIE YOUNG-WHITE: I did have full hair and makeup.

JASMINE VALENTINE: Really?

JABOUKIE YOUNG-WHITE: That'd be cool, though. To be the first voiceover artist to have a hair and makeup team. I might want it.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL: It really was fun, though. It was-- I wouldn't-- easy is one thing. But I think it was-- felt easy because it was loving and collaborative. And they constantly were including us in the discussion about who the characters were, and what they were up to. And what our ideas were.

And did we have any of our own that we could bring? And they always said to me, and I don't know what they said to you, but they said, you'll be a big part of creating the character, and you can bring your own ideas. And we really will take them on.

And sometimes, you're a little wary of that. And then, they were absolutely true to their word. So--

Easy is one thing. But I think it was-- felt easy because it was loving and collaborative. And they constantly were including us in the discussion about who the characters were, and what they were up to. And what our ideas were. And did we have any of our own that we could bring?

And they always said to me, and I don't know what they said to you, but they said, you'll be a big part of creating the character. And you can bring your own ideas, and we really will take them on. And sometimes, you're a little wary of that. And then, they were absolutely true to their word. So--

JASMINE VALENTINE: Can you tell me why this film is so special, and why we all need to be going to see it?

JABOUKIE YOUNG-WHITE: I think the thing that really--

JASMINE VALENTINE: Of course, apart from you.

JABOUKIE YOUNG-WHITE: Yeah, yeah. I think the thing-- but watching it in theaters. There's so many just big tender-hearted moments that-- especially on the big screen.

Just-- I said some of these lines. And they're hitting me like I'm hearing it for the first time, which is just a testament to the animators, Don and Qui, the creators. They really told a beautiful story.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL: Yeah, it's a story about family and how complex family can be. And three generations of family really trying to understand each other, but doing a pretty bad job of it. And that they have to save the world. And in saving the world, the only way to do it is to start to listen and understand each other.

And it's-- I think really, really moving. And then, on top of that, it's just like-- it's an amazing Disney animated movie with incredible animation. And a world like you've never seen before. So you get what you always get from wonderful Disney films, which is just mind-blowing animation. And a really moving story.