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Jake Gyllenhaal • Robert Downey Jr • Mark Ruffalo • Anthony Edwards • Chloe Sevigny
DIRECTOR: David Fincher

Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr) and Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) investigate the clues THE CONCEPT:
Based on the true story of a serial killer who for decades terrified the San Francisco Bay area and taunted authorities in four jurisdictions with his ciphers and letters. The movie shows how the obsession with hunting down the Zodiac killer affected four men, Robert Graysmith (Gyllenhaal) a cartoonist at the San Francisco Chronicle, Paul Avery (Downey Jr), the crime reporter for the newspaper, Homicide Inspector Dave Toschi (Ruffalo), and his meticulous partner Inspector William Armstrong (Anthony Edwards).

U.S. RELEASE: March 2 2007, Nationwide • Rated: R


“Robert Graysmith knew he was a guy on the sidelines of this story. He wanted to be a part of it and he made himself a part of it. He was doing it on his own time because he wasn’t a reporter. It was Robert who went after it and after everybody else had pretty much walked away. Everything we included in the movie, we used from what Robert gave us.”

“The first time I read the script, the murders, in particular, were terrifying. I remember flipping through the pages and thinking, ‘This is real, this actually happened.’ I immediately wanted to do it. I think what is most interesting about this story is that when something like this happens there’s mass hysteria. And then it’s given to the experts. And sometimes the experts don’t have the same heart that just a kind of regular guy like Robert Graysmith would have. They also have so much red tape to go through. Robert doesn’t have to get a warrant for this, or permission for that. They can just go out of pure heart and pure, in Robert’s case, obsession.”

“It’s like one of those names you’ve heard all your life, ‘the Zodiac killer,’ but I didn’t realize who this guy was as far as serial killers go. I started doing research, and there’s a mind-boggling amount of material around this case. He’s the first dude who popped up into the minds of the culture and used the media to make himself important to the world.”

CHLOE SEVIGNY (Melanie Graysmith):
“Before I started the picture, I was given the book by my girlfriend who was obsessed with Zodiac when she was a teenager, and I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll read it and try to get into where my movie husband’s mind was, what he was obsessed with and what he wad dealing with day in and day out.’ And I got through almost half of it and I had to put it down, I didn’t want to read about it anymore, which is probably how Melanie was, she didn’t want to hear about it anymore.”

“The first thing I said after getting the movie was, ‘How do I get to talk to Dave Toschi?’ I got to spend some time with him, and he did tell me that he was the inspiration for Bullitt, played by Steve McQueen. He’s got a picture of he and Steve McQueen together.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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