October ‘15
Insight Interview

October ‘15
Jason Clarke & Jake Gyllenhaal
Jason Clarke & Jake Gyllenhaal


    


How much did shooting on location bring you all together and create the bonds that you really feel in the film?

Everything, I remember we all met up in London that first time and there was that foreignness and weird expectations and some people were rightly nervous. Then we headed home to different parts of the world for Christmas and then we met up again in Kathmandu. We flew into the airport, it was crazy and foreign and we were off. They were not normal days and you see it when we were together, it was amazing to have a chat at 14000 ft. It paid off in a way as we are doing something we love in extraordinary places.


And how did all the preparation you both did bring you closer to the real life men who are in this?

Jake Gyllenhaal I think theres a quality in the movie, it being nonfiction, theres a responsibility to the situation, to those who are left behind and to those who experienced the actual expedition and all the things that happened on it. That loomed over us when making the movie, particularly for the main characters throughout the story there was specificity as to the reasons why they made the choices because we all wanted to portray the characters as they were which is all good men and woman. Stories tend to have to have an antagonist and a protagonist just because it needs that tension and in the case of this movie someone like Scott Fischer in the past stories has been made into an antagonist when he wasnt that at all. Whats interesting about this is, people try to find a motivation as to why these guys went as hard and far as they did in reality and I think the reasoning is that they were just great climbers.


And achieving that goal seems to be such a big thing, its the protagonist and the antagonist, what does Everest mean to the great population, why does it capture our imagination?

Its the tallest place on this earth. Its the highest peak. There is also the mythology going back to Mallory and the 1996 disaster, that and Mallory were the biggest events of the time. Mallory was the first person, maybe he got up there or maybe he didnt, they found out he didnt but it was the belief that he could, and 1996 was when private people started climbing it and what went down. Everest is also a metaphor. Since Ive been alive, many kids and adults use it as a metaphor for all the things you want and hope to accomplish in real life and some people take that metaphor and take it as realty and try and get to the summit. It also looks like life, almost impossible but somehow you can do it.