Red carpet instead of ambulance: Michael Bay’s film “Ambulance” premiered in Berlin on Tuesday. Filming presented some challenges, especially for Jake Gyllenhaal.
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- The actors did not come to the premiere in Berlin with the ambulance.
On the other hand, they spent a lot of time in an ambulance during the shooting of Michael Bay’s film “Ambulance”.
It wasn’t always easy for actor Jake Gyllenhaal, as he reported before the German premiere. While he plays the charismatic professional thief in the film, Gyllenhaal wasn’t always so cool on set. The 41-year-old admitted that he did not feel comfortable, especially during the fast rides in the ambulance. “I think driving is … an innate ability,” he said. “I’m just being more careful, I think. And Yahya had more fun.”
His colleague Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was actually amused by Gyllenhaal’s insecurity. “I laughed a lot because I just knew while I was working that Jake wasn’t feeling well right now,” he said. “Jake doesn’t act, he really doesn’t feel well.” Abdul-Mateen II plays Will Sharp in «Ambulance», who wants to save his seriously ill wife and therefore turns to his adoptive brother (Gyllenhaal). After a bank robbery, the two have to flee across Los Angeles – with an ambulance.
According to Bay, Gyllenhaal’s caution during filming was not unfounded. When asked about the biggest hurdles when filming in a moving car, he replied: “You often bump your head.” Gyllenhaal injured his shoulder and fellow actress Eiza González his head.
In addition to a few bruises, Gyllenhaal also took a lesson from the set. It was very difficult for him to act in such a small space. “I can’t imagine what it’s like for a paramedic or first responder who has to do their job in this room and save lives every day,” the actor said, “and only have minutes, sometimes seconds, to do it while he’s moves as fast as we do, if not faster.” The small room reminded him of this incredible achievement every day.
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