New Eyes for the Needy celebration – Jake honored
Jake was honored at the New Eyes For The Needy 80th Anniversary Gala tonight. He must have missed a couple of appointments with the barber. Not that I’m complaining.
How nice to see that Annie Funke and Brian F. O’Byrne,
Jake’s co-protagonists in the play If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, were there too
In the meantime, End of Watch is slowly but surely, nation by nation, conquering Europe. Press is talking about it, video and audio interviews are being released, cinema blogs are uttering the O-word for both Jake and Michael. We’ll see how it goes. I might have mentioned before that I don’t care much for the Oscars. I’ll admit that winning one is undoubtedly important and probably career-boosting in a way but in terms of rewarding quality in films and actor performances there have been such huge missteps in the past that I’m not holding by breath anymore. That said, I hope Jake at one time of his career brings one home, if not more.
Speaking of cinema blogs and press and interviews, here are a few samples.
From IndieWire and their phone-call interview with Jake
Of all the dark horse Oscar hopefuls this year, none deserves more consideration than Jake Gyllenhaal for his role as an LA cop in David Ayer’s “End of Watch.” It’s such a competitive year for leading actors that I hope this performance in a this well-reviewed indie film will be seen. Critics groups may give it some attention.
Anne Thompson: You’re on a roll: you got your best reviews to date for your latest film ‘End of Watch’ as well as your off-Broadway play ‘If There Is, I Haven’t Found It Yet.’
Jake Gyllenhaal: I don’t read them. I find it overwhelming; the stage work is still alive, so those type of things get in your head. It’s best not to think in terms of that, it ends up affecting you, whether it’s good or bad. So I stay away and do my work.
AT: Did you make a recent change in your approach to choosing projects?
JG: It was a perfect storm of a lot of things happening. The reality of life itself was hitting me hard, at 30. It was not a calculation. I had spent the majority of my 20s blessed by being able to work consistently. I grew up thinking I understood the business of making movies. I got to a point where I said, ‘What do I want my life be? It’s about more than career.’ So I don’t put my career before my life anymore.
In my 20s, I did start off very young, there was a sense of searching for identity anywhere. The movie business presents you with an identity and you put it on. You play different characters. As an actor it’s rare to find someone in my age range who is able to define themselves clearly at a young age.
There’s that my parents got divorced two years ago; I have two nieces now. I started looking at work as trying to learn about my life as opposed to strategizing. I never thought about my work that way, never with a sense of objectivity. I was inspired by a piece of writing or a director or a character. It was not a question or discussion of doing one big one, one small one.
What has really happened: I was saying to myself, ‘how do I feel most free?’ If I am blessed with the opportunity to do good work, studio or indie, most of the time it has to do with the interaction with the director, to try to help the director toward the vision he always had. I have to do more than expected from the character I’m trying to play.
AT: How did ‘End of Watch’ play into this period?
JG: I sat down with David Ayer. He said, ‘if you want to make this movie you have to devote your life. It is going to affect your soul.’ At the time, that was the reason I did the movie, which has been marketed as a big cop genre action movie. Ultimately it’s not really, this movie is about the relationship between two guys and how much they love and would do anything for each other. That’s why I did the movie, was the heart of it. The sense of originality is what inspires me to do something when I read something, not that it’s a cop genre movie, which is done a lot. It’s not to learn how to hold gun and shoot actual rounds at a target. At inception this idea has a huge beating heart, David was embarrassed about what he wrote about, that was it to me.
AT: What changed?
JG: My philosophy has always been to be a diligent worker, have a good work ethic, more than anything. Now it’s, ‘how can what I do, or a movie coming out, what relationships can I make, be in people’s lives I care about, how will it inform my life, when it comes out?’ Reading reviews I don’t care about, I know whatI’ve done, I’ve gotten what I want, I’ve been totally fulfilled and then some.
AT: Are you plumbing more of your dark side?
JG: Of course I’m not running from it, not at all. I’m embracing it. I always have, just because you like to be good people and respect people, thinking about them outside yourself, doesn’t mean you’re running from darkness. I’ve always embraced that, played Donnie Darko. To suggest that a human being is more complicated than people assume objectively is a fair assessment. You will see in the future more things come out that will hopefully surprise you. It happens all the time. (read the whole interview here)
From the enthusiastic crew of Screen Geeks UK and their interview with Jake
End of Watch is released this week, and is comfortably one of our films of the year. An intense thriller that shines in quieter moments between leads Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena.
Our friends at Filmbeat caught up with Gyllenhaal while he was around this week – check out the video below to see what the Donnie Darko star has to say about playing a cop, shooting action and the chemistry he shares with his co-star.
End of Watch gets 5 stars from MSN UK
What did we think? Magnificent. The dynamic of hand-held cameras wielded by Gyllenaal’s officer works wonderfully and the relationship between the two leads, on which the whole things hinges, is cinema gold. It’s instantly one of the best cop movies ever.
[...] Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena were in and amongst the real LAPD during the filming of End Of Watch and it shows at every turn in one of the best buddy movies you’ll ever see. Their relationship is the cornerstone of a uniquely powerful crime flick.
[...] As they find a way to survive, they become ever closer and it’s here that End Of Watch finds an astonishing degree of authenticity. We haven’t felt so close to two movie characters in ages. It’s simply outstanding.
Verdict: The ultimate cop movie? It’s hard to see it being bettered.
Meanwhile, outside the Laura Pels theater…
Don’t forget that you can still cast your vote for Jake in People’s choice favorite dramatic actor category here