Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo teetotal their way through Nightcrawler’s pre-party

Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo teetotal their way through Nightcrawler’s pre-party

(Image: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka) Riz Ahmed, Rene Russo and Jake Gyllenhaal. (Image: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka)
 

At the Grey Goose Soho House pre-party for the film Nightcrawler, on what felt like one of the hottest (or at any rate, the muggiest) days of the summer, the constant refrain from non-famous attendees was, “Is he here yet?” The “he,” of course, referred to the movie’s star, Jake Gyllenhaal. His costar Rene Russo arrived first, in a black dress with fringe, followed by Gyllenhaal himself, in a dark suit paired with beat-up boots. The shutter of the house photographer’s camera alerted the room to their arrival. Following a flurry of photos, Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed, who also has a part in the film, hung out beside the bar, while Russo opted for a fireplace perch. Because Nightcrawler’s premiere was happening after the party, all three skipped the cocktails that were on offer. (Nothing ruins a red-carpet walk like an accidental beverage stain.) Gyllenhaal and company were such a focal point of attention that few people noticed Captain America actor Chris Evans, in town to promote his directorial debut, Before We Go, sneak in at the last minute. We’re sure the Cap would agree: TIFF star sighting, like crime-fighting, requires eternal vigilance.