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Actor Jake Gyllenhaal explores identity in doppelganger thriller Enemy

Published on Mar 13, 2014 9:02 AM
 

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - What would you do if you came face-to-face with a doppelganger? Canadian director Denis Villeneuve explores that question in the psychological thriller Enemy, based on Jose Saramago's 2002 novel The Double.

Jake Gyllenhaal, 33, plays both Adam Bell, a teacher struggling to commit to a relationship, and Anthony St. Claire, a married aspiring actor. The two men are unrelated but look identical.

Adam discovers his double while watching an obscure film and descends into an obsessive search for Anthony. When the two meet, their lives become intertwined.

Gyllenhaal, who had to manoeuvre special effects and act with tennis balls used to digitally place Adam and Anthony on-screen together, said the film was "the most fulfilling creative experience" for him.

 
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