Friday, April 28, 2006
NEW YORK - Peter Sarsgaard got a new roommate to prepare for his role as a Marine in the Gulf War drama Jarhead.
The 34-year-old actor plays Jake Gyllenhaal's sniper partner in the film adaptation of Anthony Swofford's memoir, so he decided to spend as much time as possible with him in real life, he told the New York Times Magazine in Sunday's issue.
"I figured if I couldn't be around my girlfriend, I would settle for her brother," said Sarsgaard, who's dating Maggie Gyllenhaal. Sarsgaard and Jake Gyllenhaal lived together for about five months during filming, mostly in a hotel in Mexico.
"The idea was to simulate the military experience: what happens if you're forced to be with someone every minute of the day and night," Sarsgaard told the magazine. "And we fought. We'd have a fight and then we'd still have to be together. For a while, I would just wear headphones. All the time. That lasted for 10 days."
Order was eventually restored, he said.
Sarsgaard said he hurt his knee and ribs during filming, but shrugged off the injuries as part of the "endurance test."
"It's hard to complain because I'm an actor and not an actual soldier," he said. "I want to be very careful and respect the fact that there's really a war going on."
Sarsgaard's film credits include "Kinsey," "Garden State," and "Boys Don't Cry."
The idea of Peter Sarsgaard and Jake living together does bad, i.e good, things to me. It makes me have bad, i.e good, thoughts. You may discuss things they might have done in their time as roomies. Like showering together and making cheesecake.
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