Jake Gyllenhaal embraced embarrassing dancing for Demolition

Jake Gyllenhaal had great fun busting moves amongst real life New York citizens for his latest movie.

Jake Gyllenhaal found it both embarrassing and enjoyable dancing in a busy New York street for new movie Demolition.

The 35-year-old actor stars as investment banker Davis in the drama, who finds himself complaining to a vending machine company amid breaking down after the death of his wife in a car crash.

One scene in the film sees him boogie on the sidewalks of the Big Apple while listening to music through headphones, and it was one that Jake learnt to love.

"I believe in making movies as a way of actually engaging and connecting in the world as opposed to just commenting on it, apart from it," he told instyle.com. "It is great fun whenever you can to be in a scenario that is real, when you don’t have actors portraying people who are extras.

"(For those scenes) we spent half a day shooting through Lower Manhattan and I danced through real construction sites and commuters and on trains.

Despite Jake's initial nerves, he ended up loving shooting the scene: "Obviously the idea of dancing openly in a public space is embarrassing for people who can’t dance like me, but at the same time, it also embodies the essence of the movie. In the end, even though I was nervous about doing it early on, it became so fun."

In keeping with the movie's title, Jake gets pretty destructive throughout the tale, using a sledgehammer at one point. While it wasn't a difficult task, the star did have some past experience to help him whack away with the tool.

"My dad was a really good carpenter and I painted houses throughout college, so we built a lot of things around the house when I was a kid," he recalled. "But I never did anything like that in a professional sense. I demolished my kitchen in my old house with my friends and I have done some of that work for friends who are doing their own houses."

He also noted that the experience was quite cathartic in a way, but insisted anything can be therapeutic if the person desires it to be.

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