11/03/2014 05:04 pm ET Updated Nov 03, 2014

This Is Why There Are No Sex Scenes In 'Nightcrawler'

Jake Gyllenhaal is winning rave reviews for his kinetic performance in "Nightcrawler" -- he may even break into the Oscar race -- but there's one thing you definitely won't see in the acclaimed new film: Gyllenhaal's character having sex.

Though Gyllenhaal's freelance journalist, Lou Bloom, succeeds in propositioning another character, played by Rene Russo, for some intimacy in "Nightcrawler," the act does not appear on screen. HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri asked Gyllenhaal and "Nightcrawler" director Dan Gilroy about the omission during a Monday interview.

Apparently when it comes to Gyllenhaal's creepy character, the mere idea of him in bed is much more interesting than anything the production could have dreamed up.

"I can tell you that there were financiers who wanted to put up the money if we put the sex scene in, and I specifically said no," Gilroy said. "I said, 'There's nothing we could show that would match whatever you're imagining is going on behind closed doors.'"

See Gyllenhaal and Gilroy discuss the absence of sex in "Nightcrawler" in the video above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation.

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