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The actors became pals while filming their 2017 movie Life, and went on to grace the world with their friendship during the film's promotional tour. Now, Gyllenhaal is opening up about their friendship in a tribute to Reynolds for Variety's New Power of New York list.
"I first met Ryan many years ago, and he struck me immediately as quick and warm and thoughtful, a gentleman in an era of foppish putzes, the unlikely love child of Mel Brooks and Dorothy Parker and Gary Cooper," the 37-year-old began. "He was also taller than me. Against my wishes, we became close friends."