Hello my little reprobates, it’s good to be back! I hope this new post finds you all fine and dandy.
These social networks nowadays sure help in keeping in the loop, I think I haven’t missed any columns about Jake during my absence (or so I hope). I remember those times when you had to wait for a magazine (yes, the paper ones!) to be in your hands to read an interview or know more about a movie being made. Oh, did I just give my age away? Never mind, I’m sure I’m in good company, right? RIGHT?
Anyway, back to business and to our regular schedule.
The Jake Gyllenhaal Twitter hash-tag today is all about the new red-band trailer for End Of Watch. Check it out below (NSFW and NSFK)
Can I have one more F-word, please? boy, lots of swearing going on here. Hey, I swear a lot too, but isn’t that just a little too much? Might be just very realistic though, I can’t be sure as I’ve never been involved in any of those testosterone-packed actions, thank god. What do you guys think now that we saw a little more? Mmmh, I think I’m going to post a poll very soon, so watch this space.
It’s old news now, I know, but how could I not post those amazing shots from the DETAILS magazine interview?
Which, by the way, I’ve just re-read in the quietness of my bedroom. I also saw the behind the scenes footage again and wondered why haven’t they chosen a little more cheerful background music. Anyway, the bits I enjoyed more are those about Jake performing Adam and Anthony in An Enemy, albeit a little spoiler-ish (be warned!)
This morning’s scene is simple but pivotal: Adam, the professor, enters his apartment, rushes to his phone for messages, finds none, says “Shit,” then hears a knock on the front door he’s just entered.
Adam’s “double,” Anthony, the vain bad-boy actor, is on the other side, and their interaction—to be shot after lunch—will be a crux of the film. Adam meeting Anthony. Jake meeting Jake. Gyllenhaal’s impulse is to play it big, trying out various interpretations of Adam’s unease as he goes to answer the door. For the next take, Villeneuve asks him to try going smaller, and Gyllenhaal dials it back. This doesn’t quite do it, either.
Villeneuve is keeping the cameras rolling, even between takes. “When you let it roll,” he says, joining me at the monitor, “the actor can sometimes take you to a space you hadn’t thought of. Jake is amazing in those spaces.”
Gyllenhaal has positioned himself in front of the camera, giving himself an extreme close-up before the third and final take, his bearded face filling the monitor with one expression of suffering after another. Almost instinctively, his hand rises to cover his mouth in horror. As D.H. Lawrence said, “a young man is afraid of his demon and puts his hand over the demon’s mouth sometimes.”
“It’s no accident. Jake takes it all very seriously but also has a very light touch,” explains Anne Hathaway, his costar in Love and Other Drugs and Brokeback Mountain. “On Brokeback, my final scene was on the phone with Heath, who was in Venice for Casanova. Jake offered to read Heath’s lines. On the last take, he changed the line, ever so slightly. That kicked off something in me, and lo and behold, that’s the take in the film.”
How can anyone not like bearded Jake is beyond me. I know I know, I’m repeating myself.
But to me, he never looked sexier than this.