'He flipped out': Jake Gyllenhaal rushed to emergency room after punching a mirror in fit of rage on set

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Jake Gyllenhaal was taken to hospital after punching a mirror during an angry scene on the set of his new movie in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old actor, who is working on the thriller Nightcrawler, was badly cut and was treated in the emergency room. His hand required stitches.

Sources on set insist the outburst was during an intense scene 'in character' following an 18-hour day on set.

Rage: Jake Gyllenhaal, pictured shooting Nightcrawler last month, punched a mirror on set on Wednesday

Rage: Jake Gyllenhaal, pictured shooting Nightcrawler last month, punched a mirror on set on Wednesday

'Starving himself': The actor has transformed himself for the role

'Starving himself': The actor has transformed himself for the role

He plays a freelance crime reporter who stumbles upon the dangerous underworld of LA and has been 'starving himself' to lose more than 20lbs for the role.

'Jake flipped out,' an insider tells People magazine.

'His character was looking into a mirror during the scene and punched the mirror in anger and broke it, cutting himself so bad he had to be taken to a hospital.'

The source continued: 'The scene was emotionally charged and his character was talking into a mirror and he got so into it, he banged his hands against the mirror and it broke and cut him.

'It was all the scene and not because he was mad about anything else.'

The star, who is in a relationship with 24-year-old model Alyssa Miller, returned to set following the ER visit.

Gyllenhaal spoke about his dramatic physical transformation for the role last month, and said he was 'always a bit hungry' while shedding the weight.

Weight loss: The usually muscular star, pictured left in 2001, has dropped more than 20lbs for the part
Weight loss: The usually muscular star, pictured left in 2001, has dropped more than 20lbs for the part

Weight loss: The usually muscular star, pictured left in 2001, has dropped more than 20lbs for the part  

He told Us Weekly: 'It takes place in a land where I think there is a desert in a lot of ways, great opulence, and at the same time, great vastness and emptiness. I knew that [Lou] was literally and figuratively hungry.'

In order to feel more like the character, the actor aimed to look almost skeletal and got into a 'mode where I was always a bit hungry.'

The Brokeback Mountain star added at the time: 'I just love this movie.'

Jake previously transformed his body for the Prince of Persia, but gained a huge amount of muscle for the film that allowed him to eat six small meals a day.

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Why do all these actors have to show their commitment to the craft by starving themselves? The epidemic of pancreas issues and gallstones that will follow these weight swings should make room for new actors.

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H ha ha trying too hard to act ......

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Of course he flipped out, he's starving! Give the guy a sandwich!

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i understand he is being professional and lost weight for a role, but... he doesnt look healthy at all and in these pictures even his eyes look scary.

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Starving is the new acting.

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This is how BAD Jake Gyllenhaal looks: His sister looks better!

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omg sorry he looks so funny

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OMG,Jake I do not want to see you like this.

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Thats it show a pic of him 12 years ago and compare it to now! He has lost weight for a role, just liked he bulked up for Prince of Persia. And he was acting when he hit his hand too it was reported today elsewhere, he did not hit the mirror in a fit of rage.

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Is he ill, he really is so thin.

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