''Kinsey'' star has a full plate of four films this year, including ''Jarhead'' and ''Flightplan''

By EW Staff
Updated June 17, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Age 34

Mustworthiness The Malkovichian-voiced Kinsey star (who revisited that movie’s hospital for our photograph) will add his peculiar brand of intensity to a slew of upcoming high-profile releases, appearing opposite Kate Hudson in The Skeleton Key, Jodie Foster in the airplane thriller Flightplan (”It’s very difficult to go toe-to-toe with Jodie,” he says, ”because she knocks you over”), Jake Gyllenhaal in the Gulf War drama Jarhead, and Campbell Scott and Patricia Clarkson in The Dying Gaul, a gay-themed psychological drama.

And the Toughest Shoot Was. . . Jarhead. He plays a Marine: ”Just wearing the equipment and holding the rifle, feeling the weight of the helmet, standing out in the heat, you go, ‘Right! This is without the live bullets. God.’ I think we all just threw ourselves across the finish line and then threw up.”

On His Must List ”I’m always rooting for actors in my age group: Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Edward Norton, Maggie Gyllenhaal [who’s also, we should note, his girlfriend], Kate Winslet.”

Does He Still Get Confused With Stellan Skarsgard? Sarsgaard laughs: ”I was working with someone not that long ago, and he said, ‘How’s your dad?’ He was talking like he knew my dad, because he thought it was Stellan.” Sarsgaard has run into Skarsgard only once. ”We joked that we’d act like we were father and son for a bit.”

Next ”I’m taking a break.”