Sheridan impressed with Maguire, Portman and Gyllenhaal

Inside Reel Interviews Jake Gyllenhaal for “Brothers” (2009).

"Maguire brilliantly portrays the changes in Sam’s personality.

An actor with a good resume of solid dramatic roles, Maguire has starred in “The Ice Storm” (1997), “The Cider House Rules” (1999) and “Wonder Boys” (2000), as well as giving heart to his “Spiderman” role as Peter Parker.

Here he gives his all, to great success.

Nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe winner for “Closer” (2004), Portman was also very good in “V For Vendetta” (2006).
In “Brothers”, Portman is terrific as the good, confused wife, who suffers from her own scars from the entire incident.

Gyllenhaal shows great restraint in not making Tommy a caricature.

From his days as “Donnie Darko” (2001) to “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), Gyllenhaal has played some very interesting characters.
“Brothers” is not his first foray into the Middle East crisis. In 2005 he starred in “Jarhead”, a film about a marine in the 2003 Gulf War, and in “Rendition” in 2007, about a CIA analyst coping with terrorism and the complex issues of torture in the Middle East". Source:

Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal at Brothers' Press Conference - New York City on 21th November, 2009.

"Sheridan was impressed with the discipline of Maguire, the polish of Portman and, perhaps most of all, the easy authenticity of Gyllenhaal, whose somewhat scattered on-set demeanor is a search for clues, not a symptom of cluelessness.
Jake Gyllenhaal at 'Brothers' Press Conference - Los Angeles, on 3rd December, 2009.

"Jake is very good at that, searching for something in a scene," Sheridan said.
With a chuckle he added: "It's not that he doesn't know his lines. He's always looking for something in the scene. It makes it feel real." Source: