Jake Gyllenhaal Embraces His Inner Nerd in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
Gyllenhaal plays Seymour in the New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center production opposite Ellen Greene, who is the original actress who originated the role of Audrey on and off screen.
The 34-year-old actor channeled his inner nebbish to play Seymour, an inept florist who creates a plant which thirsts for human blood, in a two-night-only production of the show. He not only looked the part of a meek, orphaned flower shop employee, he embraced it.
While keeping his signature beard, Gyllenhaal donned a white-and-burgundy checked shirt, wide-rimmed glasses and ill-fitting khakis to create the unassuming, luckless Seymour style.
Gyllenhaal is getting mostly positive reviews. USA Today says:
The actor, who has given intuitive and nuanced performances in New York productions of the Nick Payne plays Constellations and If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, brought a winningly subdued poignance and goofiness to his spoken and sung lines.
You’ll be able to see Jake Gyllenhaal back on the big screen in Southpaw on July 23, 2015.