Fans were elated when it was announced that Jake Gyllenhaal would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When the decision was made that Mysterio would be plucked from the comicbook pages to appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the team behind the film always had Gyllenhaal in mind for the role.
It’s always interesting to discover how a role is offered to an actor. In the case of Gyllenhaal, he sat down for dinner with Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home director Jon Watts. Whilst speaking with CinemaBlend on the ReelBlend podcast, Watts talked about the dinner and the almost eerie conditions that made Gyllenhaal seem even more perfect for Mysterio.
“We had this amazing and strange dinner. We met up to just talk about it so I could pitch him the role and give him some context on the movie. We were at this restaurant in LA. As we were talking, the power went out. It was a really windy night in LA, it was so perfect. Palm fronds were just blowing down the street. The lights went out, the waiters brought candles so we’re sitting by candlelight as I’m telling him the story of what Mysterio is going to be doing in this film. The whole thing felt so weird and perfect. We were like, “we have to do this.” [Do you have to whisper?] “Oh yeah. It made the whole thing so much more dramatic and spooky too. By candlelight, whispering, as the wind is blowing and the shutters were slamming open and closed, it couldn’t have been more perfect.”
Spider-Man: Far From Home hits cinemas on July 2nd.