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Actor Jake Gyllenhaal reveals his anguish when his parents did not allow him to take a role in the 1992 classic film The Mighty Ducks.

By Allan Muir
July 27, 2015

Sure, Jake Gyllenhaal can throw a mean left ... but could he have done the Triple Deke?

The athletic actor, currently starring in the film Southpaw, told Howard Stern that he was up for a role in the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks but his parents wouldn’t let the then 10-year-old take the part.

“I definitely remember crying on the kitchen counter,” Gyllenhaal said about missing out on the part. “I was like, ‘You guys are crazy.’ ”

“My parents were like, ‘Look, you’re about to enter junior high school, you gotta get your education, that’s the most important thing. I promise you, you hate us now, but you’ll thank us later,’ ” Gyllenhaal said. “And I do.”

The Mighty Ducks would have been Gyllenhaal's second film. He made his debut in 1991’s City Slickers, but outside of a small role in 1993’s A Dangerous Woman, a drama directed by his father and written by his mother, he didn’t act again for six years.

Fortunately, they didn’t stop him from doing Bubble Boy, and for that the nation is grateful.

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