TIFF: Jake Gyllenhaal Complained to Kentucky Fried Chicken After They Removed His Favorite Menu Item
"It was deeply upsetting to me at the time, and I felt like they should bring them back."
Jake Gyllenhaal really loves his Kentucky Fried Chicken.
At the TIFF press conference for Demolition, the actor told reporters about a time when he complained to a corporation about a product, similar to how his character in the Jean-Marc Vallee-directed film repeatedly pens letters to a customer service rep (Naomi Watts) at a vending machine company after the death of his wife.
"When I was a little child, I was at school and we were supposed to learn how to write letters and complaint letters. And so I decided to write to Kentucky Fried Chicken and tell them that I was upset they had discontinued Chicken Littles, which were a particular type of mini hamburger with fried chicken in the middle of it," he explained. "It was deeply upsetting to me at the time, and I felt like they should bring them back."
After a reporter let him know that the item is, in fact, back on the menu, he smiled, "I think I indirectly had something to do with that!"
"It's empowering and I encourage most people, if they can, to really express themselves and bring back whatever they feel like has been taken away from them in their lives," he continued with a laugh. "In my case, really important things like fried chicken. Seriously."
He concluded, "I'm an actor, but we do know how to write."
Watch his explanation in the video below, beginning at the 23:50-minute mark.