Roles turned down by Jake Gyllenhaal:
Jake Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Ricky Fitts.
Actor who got the part: Wes Bentley
Jake Gyllenhaal was runner up to play Batman if Christian Bale could not do it.
Actor who got the part: Christian Bale
Jake was considered to play Matthew, but turned it down because of the explicit nature of the nude scenes.
Actor who got the part: Michael Pitt
According to IMDb, Jake Gyllenhaal auditionned for the role of Frodo.
Actor who got the part: Elijah Wood
Gyllenhaal auditioned for the part of Christian, but was ultimately turned down because he looked too young to star opposite Nicole Kidman.
Actor who got the part: Ewan McGregor
Jake Gyllenhaal was considered to play Gabriel Martin (Heath Ledger)
Actor who got the part: Heath Ledger
He was offered the role after Tobey McGuire was injured; he was even screentested with a suit, according to a rumor.
Actor who got the part: Tobey McGuire
According to teenhollywood, Gyllenhaal was considered for the role of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Brandon Routh
Did you know that Jake Gyllenhaal was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)