Jake Gyllenhaal Delights Cast of Presumed Innocent with On-Set Ice Cream Surprise

Jake Gyllenhaal treats “Presumed Innocent” cast to ice cream, creating a family-friendly set atmosphere

Jake Gyllenhaal at the premiere of 'Presumed Innocent'. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GARY GERSHOFF/WIREIMAGE)
Jake Gyllenhaal at the premiere of ‘Presumed Innocent’. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GARY GERSHOFF/WIREIMAGE)

Jake Gyllenhaal, who stars in the new Apple TV+ thriller series Presumed Innocent, treated his co-stars and crew to a sweet surprise during filming.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere on June 9, Gyllenhaal’s young co-star, Kingston Rumi Southwick, shared how the actor brought ice cream trucks to the set, creating a family-friendly atmosphere.

“Jake bought ice cream trucks to set, and it was a really good family environment with the cast, with the crew, with the directors and everybody. It’s phenomenal,” said Southwick, who plays Gyllenhaal’s on-screen son, Kyle Sabich.

The gesture was warmly received by everyone involved, adding a light-hearted touch to the intense filming schedule.

Southwick also mentioned that his co-star, Ruth Negga, known for her role as a trickster on set, helped the cast unwind with her playful antics.

“She would [make] paper airplanes and write notes to people and would make everybody laugh, especially O-T [Fagbenle]. It just was nice to have those intense moments and then feel good and laugh,” he added.

Kingston Rumi Southwick, Renate Reinsve, Nana Mensah, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Rabe, James Hiroyuki Liao, and Tate Birchmore. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/GETTY)
Kingston Rumi Southwick, Renate Reinsve, Nana Mensah, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Rabe, James Hiroyuki Liao, and Tate Birchmore. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/GETTY)

The eight-episode series, based on Scott Turow’s 1987 bestseller of the same name, features a star-studded cast including Gyllenhaal, Negga, Fagbenle, Bill Camp, Elizabeth Marvel, Peter Sarsgaard, Lily Rabe, and Renate Reinsve.

Gyllenhaal, who also serves as an executive producer alongside J.J. Abrams and David E. Kelley, takes on the role of Rusty Sabich, a Chicago prosecutor accused of the murder he is supposed to be investigating.

The storyline follows Sabich’s affair with the victim just before her death, leading to a complex and gripping legal drama.

Presumed Innocent was previously adapted into a 1990 film starring Harrison Ford. Gyllenhaal’s involvement in remaking classic films isn’t new, as he recently starred in a remake of Road House, reprising the role originally played by Patrick Swayze in the 1989 film.

At the series’ premiere, Gyllenhaal discussed the challenges of portraying Sabich, describing the character as “very particular” and noting the complexity of the situation set up by David Kelley.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Bill Camp in 'Presumed Innocent'. (PHOTO: APPLE TV+)
Jake Gyllenhaal and Bill Camp in ‘Presumed Innocent’. (PHOTO: APPLE TV+)

“I think that’s what drew him to it. It also drew me to it — all the questions that come. But I think one of the other things that really drew me to it was the question of the family.

In this story, you really explore that whole world, and how everybody gets embroiled and enmeshed in it,” Gyllenhaal explained.

Gyllenhaal revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that he modeled some of his character’s habits after his godfather, Paul Newman. He adopted Newman’s habit of tucking glasses midway down his buttoned dress shirt and wearing them hanging from his ear.

As an executive producer, Gyllenhaal had significant input in the casting process.

He shared with CNN that he specifically chose his brother-in-law, Peter Sarsgaard, for the role of another prosecutor who suspects Sabich is guilty.

Sarsgaard, married to Gyllenhaal’s sister, actor and director Maggie Gyllenhaal, was seen as a perfect fit for the antagonistic role.

Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Presumed Innocent'. (PHOTO: APPLE TV+)
Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Presumed Innocent’. (PHOTO: APPLE TV+)

“Peter is such an incredible actor because he demands, in the space of acting or in the scene, a type of honesty and I think that’s the same thing he asks for as a person,” Gyllenhaal said.

The series promises to be a compelling addition to the legal thriller genre, with its intricate plot and strong performances.

The first two episodes of Presumed Innocent will be available for streaming on Apple TV+ starting Wednesday, June 12. Following the premiere, new episodes will be released every Wednesday until the series finale on July 24.

The camaraderie and light-hearted moments shared by the cast and crew, as described by Southwick and Gyllenhaal, underscore the close-knit environment fostered on set.

These elements, coupled with the intense and gripping storyline, are likely to make Presumed Innocent a must-watch series for thriller enthusiasts.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s sweet gesture of bringing ice cream trucks to the set of Presumed Innocent exemplifies the supportive and family-like atmosphere created during the production of this intense legal drama.

With a stellar cast, complex characters, and a gripping narrative, the series is set to captivate audiences when it debuts on Apple TV+.

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