No, “Gigli” had nothing to do with it.
Hollywood couple Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard are no longer making a movie together, but the Golden Globe nominees insist the reason has nothing to do with their dating status.
” ‘In God’s Hands’ suffered irreversible negative damages,” Sarsgaard said of the movie once set to feature the pair. “That’s the party line on that one.”
Neither would elaborate, but one less movie doesn’t seem to be bothering either of them.
Gyllenhaal has two movies to shoot this spring and another airing on HBO in April. Titled “Strip Search,” the latter is a drama directed by Sidney Lumet (“Network,” “12 Angry Men”), written by Tom Fontana (“Oz”) and co-staring Glenn Close (“Fatal Attraction”) and Oliver Platt (“The West Wing”).
“It’s about civil liberties and human rights,” Gyllenhaal said of the movie, which takes place in the aftermath of September 11. “It’s about an American graduate student in China who’s accused of being a terrorist, who I play. At the same time, there’s a Saudi Arabian graduate student in New York, who’s also accused of being at terrorist and it cuts back and forth to our very different experiences of having our civil and human rights challenged.”
After “Strip Search,” Gyllenhaal, who most recently appeared in “Mona Lisa Smile,” will be seen on the big screen in “The Great New Wonderful” alongside Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”) and Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”). Danny Leiner, whose résumé includes “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” is directing the dark comedy.
Gyllenhaal will then move on to the ensemble comedy “Happy Endings,” replacing Jennifer Garner in a cast that includes Lisa Kudrow, Ray Liotta (“Narc”) and Jesse Bradford (“Swimfan”). Don Roos (“Boys on the Side”) will direct.
Sarsgaard, meanwhile, will next be seen in “Garden State,” a comedy written and directed by and starring Zach Braff of “Scrubs.”
He also has two other films in the can, including “The Dying Gaul” with Patricia Clarkson (“Pieces of April”) and Campbell Scott (“The Secret Lives of Dentists”). Craig Lucas, who wrote “The Secret Lives of Dentists,” makes his directorial debut in the movie, which examines the relationship between a gay writer, a bisexual producer and his wife.
Sarsgaard also recently wrapped “Kinsey,” a biopic about sex research pioneer Dr. Alfred Kinsey, played by Liam Neeson (“Love Actually”).
“You know what I think is going to surprise people most about that film is that it practices what it preaches,” Sarsgaard said. “Kinsey did not really have political views in regards to sex. He was a scientist studying human biology and sexuality, and this movie has an even-handed look at what he has accomplished and what he didn’t accomplish.”
Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”) directed the movie, which also stars Laura Linney and Chris O’Donnell as Kinsey’s wife and child.
“I play Kinsey’s research assistant, gardener and lover,” Sarsgaard said. “Although I have many lovers in the film, his wife included, and a wife of my own. I’m really a jack-of-all-trades.”