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Jake Gyllenhaal’s legal blindness helps him get film roles

Jake Gyllenhaal sees some advantages in being legally blind.

The 43-year-old “Road House” actor said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday that his eyesight has had a “beneficial” impact on his film career.

“I’ve never known anything else,” he said. “When I can’t see anything in the morning before I put on my glasses, it’s a place where I can be with myself.”

The host of the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” was born with a naturally corrected weak eye, has worn strong prescriptions since he was six years old and has a vision of 20/1250.

Gyllenhaal has used his blindness to his advantage while filming, recalling how, during the shooting of his 2015 movie Southpaw, he took out his contact lenses to listen better during a difficult scene when the police tell his character Billy Hope that his wife Maureen has died.

Jake Gyllenhaal boasts 20/1250 vision, but says his blindness has helped him in his career.Jake Gyllenhaal boasts 20/1250 vision, but says his blindness has helped him in his career.

Jake Gyllenhaal boasts 20/1250 vision, but says his blindness has helped him in his career.

The actor also spoke candidly about how he chooses his film roles, telling the outlet he looks for projects that “scare me a little bit… I want to feel like, can I do it? That I’m being asked to do things that I don’t yet know about myself.”

In March, the Oscar nominee revealed that he cut his hand with glass and contracted a staph infection while filming the remake of the 1989 action film starring Patrick Swayze.

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He told Armchair Expert host Dax Shepard that his hand was actually cut by “a lot” of glass during a scene where his character jumps over a pole, but he kept shooting anyway.

“I put my hand on the bar… straight glass,” he recalled, adding, “I felt the glass slide into my hand. … I still remember the feeling. I thought, ‘That’s a lot of glass,’ and just drank the … shot.”

Jake Gyllenhaal got a staph infection while filming “Road House” and says his “whole arm was swollen”

Gyllenhaal said injuries like this happened “all the time” on the set of the film, and revealed that he also contracted a staph infection. “My whole arm swelled up, and it ended up being a staph infection,” he said.

He told USA TODAY that his co-star Conor McGregor kept getting into a fight while filming a fight scene, unaware that they weren’t being filmed.

“Twice in a row he just walked up to me and roundhouse kicked me,” Gyllenhaal recalled. “I had to say, ‘We’re not on camera. Do you know that?’ And he said, ‘Oh, sorry! I didn’t know that!’ It was a learning curve.”

Jake Gyllenhaal got a staph infection while filming “Road House” and says his “whole arm was swollen”

There were “a lot of little injuries, but nothing too serious,” Gyllenhaal said. McGregor “broke a few of the stunt people” and got hit in the face by a truck door, thanks to Gyllenhaal.

“I had a black eye and everything that goes with it,” McGregor said. Director Doug Liman said, “Do it again! It wasn’t real enough.” I thought, ‘I’ve got… a big welt on my eye.’ We had a great time shooting it, lots of fun.”

Contributors: Erin Jensen and Brendan Morrow

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Is Jake Gyllenhaal blind? Actor talks about using limited vision for movies

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