Jake GyllenhaalFor most of us, Jake Gyllenhaal jumped into our movie-loving consciousness with his performance in 'October Sky,' at the tender age of 18. Since then, we've watched him blossom into an actor who can convincingly play a soldier bouncing in and out of danger in 8-minute loops of time in the entertaining and thoughtful action thriller 'Source Code,' which opens wide on Friday.

In between, Gyllenhaal has moved easily between independent dramas ('Donnie Darko,' 'The Good Girl,' 'Lovely & Amazing') and big-budget Hollywood projects ('The Day After Tomorrow,' 'Zodiac,' 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'). In 'Love and Other Drugs,' he got just as naked as Anne Hathaway, but somehow ended up with less attention, which probably says more about audiences in general than it does about his performance. Before the film slid into melodramatic territory, Gyllenhaal's facility with comedic material was nicely showcased, a side of him that has surfaced only rarely.

For his funny side, though, you can go straight back to his feature film debut as a pre-teen in a little box office smash called 'City Slickers.'
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City Slickers
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