Jake Gyllenhaal Used Mysterio’s ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Twist As A ‘Performance’ During Its Press Tour

Jake Gyllenhaal loves the “meta” qualities of the “Spider-Man: Far From Home” press tour.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor, 38, who played the villainous Quentin Beck a.k.a. Mysterio in the Marvel flick, explained why he was forced to keep his character’s details under wraps while promoting the film.

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Meanwhile teasing the role and the plot without giving away spoilers was much like the character Mysterio himself – mysterious.

“I knew that there would be a meta quality throughout that process. But, it wasn’t difficult because I genuinely adore Tom Holland, and we love spending time with each other. For a majority of the movie, we are really on the same side,” he said. “It could be argued, at least from where I stand, that we were on the same side anyway, even by the end of the movie. I kinda liked it; maybe that’s what made the press tour so entertaining for me. It was still a certain type of performance.”

The role of Beck, a man pretending not to be bad guy Mysterio, was a challenge Gyllenhaal seemed to really enjoy.

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“Throughout the whole thing, if you look at it, there’s a real shakiness to certain things that he does, and I think fellow actors could probably look at it and say, ‘Oh, okay…’ That was the extra meta that I loved,” Gyllenhaal explained. “Calibrating that constantly, take to take, was what Jon [Watts] and I enjoyed so much.”

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is in theatres now.

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