An ad placed by “Louis Bloom” over the weekend on Craigslist reads as follows:
“My name is Louis Bloom. I'm looking for full-time employment. No job too big or too small. I have my own car and phone. Persistent, punctual, polite and hardworking. Will work nights. Please take a look at my video resume.”
The “video resume” was the following YouTube clip starring Jake Gyllenhaal, looking almost unrecognizably skinny, staring straight into the camera, and talking with disturbing intensity about hard work, self-esteem, and job loyalty:
In fact, Louis Bloom is the name of Gyllenhaal’s character in Nightcrawler, a crime thriller that’s scheduled to open in October from Open Road Films. It’s written and directed by Dan Gilroy, whose previous screenplays include Two For The Money and The Bourne Legacy; according to the IMDb, it’s about “a young man [who] stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.” This clip doesn’t give you much of a feel for that; it mostly suggests Gyllenhaal is going full De Niro in The King Of Comedy and playing some kind of Rupert Pupkin figure of delusion and madness.
The Craigslist ad says it’s “okay to contact this poster if you are a potential employer or other principal,” so someone pretend to work for Mrs. Fields Cookies and offer Louis Bloom a job just to see what happens next.