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Jake Gyllenhaal Won’t Like it if You Pronounce ‘Melancholy’ Wrong

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Want to know the true meaning of melancholy? Ask writer and director Dan Gilroy.
Want to learn its pronunciation? Jake Gyllenhaal is your man.

Recently the cast of Gilroy’s new film Velvet Buzzsaw sat down for a video interview with The Hollywood Reporter at this year’s Sundance Film Festival when the director learned the pronunciation of ‘melancholy’ the hard way.
Gilroy had some nice things to say about actress Rene Russo (who also stars in the movie), after which he ended up butchering the word.

Praising the actress, he said, “With Rene, I feel that there is many sides to Rene that have been shown on film and I want the world to see them.” After a brief pause, he added, “Soulful, spiritual, she has a touch of mehlaaankaly (melancholy) once in a while…” and was interrupted by a visibly annoyed Gyllenhaal, who shot back at the director immediately saying, “It’s melancholy, Dan.”

While Gilroy had a sheepish laugh about his mispronunciation, “Oh, it’s melancholy. “I always get that word wrong,” Gyllenhaal revealed, “That is not the first time today.”