Jake Gyllenhaal modeled his “Presumed Innocent” character on godfather Paul Newman

The new version of Rusty Sabich has a very particular way of tucking his glasses.

Once again, Jake Gyllenhaal is starring in a new version of a movie from 35 years ago — but this time, he found inspiration from his own upbringing. When playing the lead character in the upcoming AppleTV+ series Presumed Innocent, Gyllenhaal looked to Paul Newman as a model. After all, the Cool Hand Luke star was Gyllenhaal's godfather.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gyllenhaal said that his character Rusty Sabich tucks his glasses midway down a buttoned dress shirt because he observed Newman do that in real life.

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“He also wore them hanging from his ear and stuff like that," Gyllenhaal told THR of Newman.

Although not household names themselves, Gyllenhaal's parents — TV movie director Stephen Gyllenhaal and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal — were part of Hollywood, which is why Newman is his godfather and Jamie Lee Curtis is his godmother.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Newman

Presumed Innocent is based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Scott Turow, which was previously adapted into a 1990 film starring Harrison Ford. The protagonist, Rusty Sabich, is an attorney who suddenly finds himself in the stressful position of being accused of the murder he was prosecuting since he had an affair with the victim shortly before her death.

That makes Gyllenhaal's role in Presumed Innocent similar to his recent starring performance in Amazon Prime Video's Road House, where he stepped into the lead role previously played by Patrick Swayze in the 1989 film. Unfortunately, Gyllenhaal was so physically fit for Road House that he had trouble performing one particular Presumed Innocent scene that was supposed to demonstrate his character's stress.

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“They’re like ‘OK, we’re going to get you on a treadmill and we need you to be really out of breath and sweating,’” Gyllenhaal told THR. “We waited a long time for me to be out of breath. I was like, ‘I’m so sorry.’ They’re like, ‘Well, turn it up to a sprint.’”

Presumed Innocent is set to premiere June 12 on Apple TV+.

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