Jake Gyllenhaal is clearly not happy with his country’s political situation.
The Hollywood actor didn’t directly mention Trump during the Cannes press conference for his latest film Okja on Friday, but really he didn’t need to. His feelings were clear.
Okja is a film about a little girl’s friendship with a large creature a “super pig” which has been specially bred by an American corporation. Directed by Bong Joon Ho, the film’s message about society’s mistreatment of the environment is unambiguous.
When asked about the film’s treatment of environmental issues, Gyllenhaal said that the timing of the film is very important.
“I don’t think there is any better time for this film and what it says about the environment than now, given the current political state,” he said. “Particularly, I would say, from my country, of things being sort of brought back what I would consider a few decades, if not more.
“Sometimes it’s not just an issue of aim, it’s also an issue of when a movie comes out and what it has to say, and I think there’s no better time than now for something like this.”
Gyllenhaal went on to reference the film’s distributor Netflix, who have been at the centre of some controversy about their inclusion at the Cannes Film Festival this year, saying the platform of a film and how many people it can communicate its message too is “extraordinarily important”.
“I think it’s truly a blessing when any art gets to reach one person, let alone hundreds of thousands if not millions of people,” Gyllenhaal continued. “And particularly in today’s day and age when we are inundated with information sometimes true, sometimes not that we get the artistic expression in whatever form we can.”
Gyllenhaal finished with something of a curveball: “And also, I just really want to add that I’m very excited about the appointment of Robert Mueller,” he said, to smatterings laughter and applause. (For anyone not familiar with Mueller, he’s the former FBI director now heading up the investigation into links between Russia and Trump’s campaign, who some have suggested “could be Trump’s worst nightmare“).