The process of making “The Guilty
” was both “the thrill and terror” for producer-actor Jake Gyllenhaal
. He was able to push the unusual solo-player movie forward because one) he’s a producer-star with strong director relationships, and two) he’s a seasoned stage performer attracted to acting challenges. He discovered the Danish original, Gustav Möller
’s 2018 Oscar submission, when his New York Nine Stories producing partner Riva Marker
suggested he’d like the Sundance entry. He did.
Both movies focus on an isolated 911 police dispatcher on the phone with a possible kidnapping victim whose children are left home alone. We see the dispatcher but only hear the people he’s talking to as he gets more and more stressed about what’s happening beyond his control, miles away.
Gyllenhaal happened to be prepping a Broadway monologue at the time he first saw the original — he went on to earn his