Darko director proud of Gyllenhaals
Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly revealed he is very proud of the success Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal have gone on to have.
The Box director cast the now Oscar-nominated stars in his film in 2001 when they were virtually unknown.
Kelly revealed: "It was Jake's second or third film I believe, and it was Maggie's first film, and I just feel blessed to have gotten to be a part of their lives right at the very beginning."
He added: "If Donnie Darko helped kind of shine a light on their talent and provide opportunities for them, it does make me very proud of them. I'm sure they would have found success regardless because of who they are. I feel so happy for them and see them both nominated for Oscars in different roles, to be doing so well and having these amazing careers."
But Kelly revealed there was a time he thought Donnie Darko would never get released.
He said: "I always knew that I had something special, but when the film was initially released everyone said that it was a mess, it was incoherent, it was unreleasable. I remember when we showed it at Sundance for the first time. There was so much negativity, I just thought the film might not ever see the light of day.
"So to see it be rediscovered and to see it build into such a phenomenon over almost 10 years now, is something that's been a huge deal for me."
:: Kelly also directed The Box, starring Frank Langella and Cameron Diaz, which is released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 19. There are prizes but also consequences on the Facebook fan page. Go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Box-DVD/107453622627809?ref=ts.