End of Watch pre-screening “reviews” and a little more about Jake’s Broadway debut character

EDITED TO ADD THE TRAILER FOR END OF WATCH!!

And thanks to IHJ for the wonderful screenshots!

Hello there, my little reprobates!

I was out of town in the past few days and haven’t been able to update this silly-mono-thematic-gossip-free-therefore-little-interesting blog of mine. Not that anything earth-shattering has occurred in the meantime in Jake’s world (apart maybe from the arrival of the new Sarsgaard/Gyllenhaal family addition, baby Gloria Ray — congrats to the families!) so all in all I’m not feeling too guilty. Time to get back to business, though!

It’s always a joy to read and share what people think of Jake’s films and performances, it almost makes me feel like a proud sibling, ever got that feeling? when you show off something someone from your family has been rewarded for? It’s just like this with Jake, as foolish as it sounds (a lot, I know).

But anyway, bear with me if I’m proudly sharing what some lucky people who attended the pre-screenings of End Of Watch these past two days are tweeting about:

aliceinnyc‏ @aliceinnyc END OF WATCH = PHE. NOM. A. NAL.

aliceinnyc‏ @aliceinnyc Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Pena’s on screen chemistry & “partner” relationship was so authentic#EndOfWatch

Markus‏ @dontmistamark @Cinemit thanks again for the passes for#EndofWatch & the #Avengers! both were amazing movies! had a phenomenal time at both!
Rach‏ @thecpwmuse @Cinemit Just watched the advance NYC screening of the #EndofWatch Movie. Amazing police drama with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Tummy Tunes ;)‏ @metrothinker@Cinemit End of Watch was fantastic. Honest, funny at times & touchingly raw. An homage to the people out there keeping us safe. Thank you.

Tummy Tunes ;)‏ @metrothinker End of Watch will be in theatres in Sept & honestly is gonna be a hit. It’s shot home movie style & u feel the rawness of the streets.

It feels good to read such enthusiastic reviews, even more so because they come from the audience and not from movie critics. As much as I respect their job, sometimes I have the feeling that they enjoy being over-caustic just for the sake of it.

As for the movie release dates, I’ve just found out that my Dutch friends might be in luck since according to IMDB End Of Watch will be released in The Netherlands on September 27, that is the day before the US opening!

Release dates up to this time: 

Netherlands 27 September 2012
USA 28 September 2012
Belgium 3 October 2012
Australia 18 October 2012
Argentina 15 November 2012
Sweden 25 January 2013

In case you missed this vid, here’s Jake “talking about the the intense training he’s undergone to transform into his gritty new role as a cop.”

Meanwhile, in Broadway…

I don’t know about you folks, but I’m extremely curious to know more about Jake’s character and since I haven’t found anything better I thought I’d scan the internet for old reviews of the play when it first hit the theaters in 2009, just to have an idea of what Jake will be looking and sounding like. If you’re curious too, here are a few excerpts of some reviews of the play:

“Suspended from school for socking a bully, she ends up at home under the wing of her dodgy young uncle, Terry. Rafe Spall is superb as Terry: an immature waster with a psychotic track record. Enthrallingly ambiguous, he veers between hilarious matey gaucheness and looking like a sinister creep. When he drunkenly reels into Anna’s bedroom and sprawls on top of her, crawling up the duvet, he tells her not to worry because she’s beautiful.” (read more)

“Almost edibly charming in Rafe Spall’s brilliantly funny portrayal, her dubious ally is her slacker-ish uncle who is a walking kerfuffle of good intentions (he listens; he has her best interests at heart) and erratic, embarrassing execution (handing out condoms and drunken home truths, while also arousing the girl’s fledgling sexual desires).” (read more)

“Meanwhile, George is consumed by concerns about the parlous future of the planet, and Anna’s reckless uncle Terry bubbles with sexual resentment. […] This is especially true when Rafe Spall’s geezerish Terry is involved. Spall has superb timing and the ability to ace any funny line; he makes even the most mundane profanities seem strange and interesting.” (read more)

“Their main problem is a serious communication failure, which is partially alleviated by the arrival of George’s long lost brother Terry, made gloriously funny by Rafe Spall on top form. […] The brothers may be very different but have inherited one identical gene, demonstrated by their complete inability to finish a sentence before starting the next. Where George pontificates happily, Terry usually just swears to replace adjectives and allows the listener to make up their own meanings from his jabberings. This becomes nicely counterpointed when Anna reaches the stage where she replaces words almost entirely with facial tics and mannerisms that speak for themselves.” (read more)

“Fat Anna is 15 and she’s having a rough time. She’s being bullied at school where her mum is a teacher. And her dad is too busy writing a book about saving the planet from climate change to pay much attention to her. But when Anna’s wired uncle, Terry, comes to stay, things start to look up. Then, as they get closer, things begin to change and Anna gets her first lessons in heartbreak.” (read more)

Well, what do you think, are you curious, too? And having appreciated Jake’s English accent in Prince of Persia, are you glad he’ll be speaking cockney in this play, too?

“Payne wrote the play, which premiered at the Bush in 2009, when he was just 25. Gyllenhaal will play Terry, a foul-mouthed drifter who strikes up an odd friendship with his obese teenage niece. “He likes the humour and anger of the character and the tone of the play,” says Payne. The actor was sent the script and liked it so much he came to see Payne’s last play, Constellations, at the Royal Court in February. After a reading of If There Is… with Roundabout Theatre in New York, he signed on for a full run, opening in August. Gyllenhaal will adopt an English accent for the role but will Payne tailor his script for American audiences? “No. Although at the read-through I asked, ‘does everyone know what Asda is?’ and they said, ‘not really.'” Is he ready for Jake’s starstruck fans at the stage-door? “I’m sure there will be a bit of hoopla but I’m quite happy to stay anonymous.”

“A bit of a hoopla”. Ha. The understatement of the century, Mr. Payne.

Oh, and in case any of you were a little overweight and around 15 years old, here’s an opportunity you can’t miss:

SEEKING 1 teenage girl to play ANNA.
ANNA IS AN OVERWEIGHT 15 YEAR OLD GIRL. SHE IS
BULLIED AT SCHOOL AND TENDS TO KEEP TO HERSELF AT
HOME. SHE IS A LONER STRUGGLING TO NAVIGATE THE
PERILS OF ADOLESCENCE. SHE LIKES TERRY VERY MUCH
AND OFTEN CONFIDES THINGS IN HIM SHE WON’T TELL HER
PARENTS. SEEKING AN EXCEPTIONAL ACTRESS WITH A
STRONG ENGLISH ACCENT. SEEKING AN ACTUAL TEENAGER.
NO ONE OVER 18 PLEASE.

I’ll wrap this up now with this, courtesy of the amazing tumblr gif’ers.

Nice, isn’t it?

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12 thoughts on “End of Watch pre-screening “reviews” and a little more about Jake’s Broadway debut character

  1. It looks like a very intense movie. Can’t wait to see it. Also I’d like to know how you got those bedroom shots from MY bedroom you have a spy cam in there?

  2. Hey there! I’m not fan of cops movies either… But the trailer is “grandiose” 🙂 And I’d say… Well, nice cars, nice flowers, nice shirts, nice wedding, nice baby, nice shots… What else?… Yes I know what you’re gonna say Gyllencrazy… “Hey, it’s Jake!” All right… I’ll surrender 🙂

    • Julie!

      Good to see you here, girl.

      I was just commenting over at the Gyllenbabble blog (another AMAZING place for all things Jake) that I won’t start being a cop movies fan, Jake or no Jake.

      Like we said the other day, I’m more thrilled about seeing An Enemy, more my cup of tea. This doesn’t mean that I won’t do my best to support Jake with this movie, considering that he’s one of the producers, too.

      Thanks for stopping by Julie!

      • What’s the Gyllenbabble blog?! God! I’ve just checked that! You could have told me about this site before… Woohoo nice pictures ;-)…

      • I’ll let the owner know how much you’re enjoying it, she’ll be overjoyed! and you can comment over there, too, of course! 🙂

        Have you read my latest post? YAY!

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