Jake Gyllenhaal just turned 40 years old, and his Spider-Man: Far from Home co-star Tom Holland wanted to be the first person to wish him a happy birthday. Taking to Instagram, Holland posted a clip of himself staring into Gyllenhaal’s eyes in slow motion as soothing music plays. In just a matter of hours, the humorous video has been viewed more than 8 million times.
“I had to be the first. Happy birthday mate miss you,” Holland writes in the caption.
Gyllenhaal made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut when he appeared with Tom Holland in last year’s superhero sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home. He played the villain, Quentin Beck, who’s otherwise known as Mysterio. Although there are plans for seemingly every other Spider-Man character to appear in Spider-Man 3, Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio is not a part of the party at this time. That makes sense, given what happened to the character the last time we saw him in Far From Home, but the multiverse still leaves the door wide open for a return.
Along with Spider-Man, Jake Gyllenhaal is also well known for a variety of other acclaimed roles. He stars as the titular teenager in the mindbending movie Donnie Darko, a cult classic released in 2001 that fans still discuss frequently to this day. Gyllenhaal was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain, a romantic drama that co-starred Heath Ledger as his lover. Some of Gyllenhaal’s other memorable roles include parts in Zodiac, Nightcrawler, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Nocturnal Animals, and Velvet Buzzsaw.
There are plenty of upcoming movies in the works with Gyllenhaal on board, so we’ll be seeing him back in action soon enough. He co-stars with Bill Burr, Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough, and Paul Dano in The Guilty, a crime thriller from director Antoine Fuqua. Some of his other upcoming titles include roles in David Leitch’s The Division with Jessica Chastain; Edward Berger’s Rio with Benedict Cumberbatch; and Michael Bay’s Ambulance with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza Gonzalez.
On social media, countless fans are also joining in with Holland on celebrating Gyllenhaal turning 40. One fan writes, “The happiest birthdays to the most beautiful, talented, funny actor ever, Jake Gyllenhaal! Stay unproblematic boo.”
“Happy Birthday Jake Gyllenhaal,” tweets another fan. “A talent who never gives a bad performance. Wish his wit & charm was on social media. Prisoners from Denis Villeneuve is a cinematic masterpiece. How has The MCU or The DCEU not cast him front & [center] as a hero yet? Can’t wait for what’s next…”
Another post reads, “Happy 40th birthday myth, soon you will win the biggest prize in cinema which is the Oscar because you deserved it long ago.”
“I share a birthday with Jake Gyllenhaal and it’s the only thing I can brag about,” tweets one of Gyllenhaal’s birthday twins, making the best of her 2020 birthday.
We would also like to take a moment here to wish Gyllenhaal all the best on his 40th birthday. Happy birthday, Jake! You can join in on the celebration on social media by posting birthday wishes using the hashtag #JakeGyllenhaal. The video of Holland and Gyllenhaal was posted by Tom Holland on Instagram.