Sitting For A Chat With Jake Gyllenhaal
The occasion was the taping of the Inside the Actors Studio Show new episode. Students and fans waited in line for hours to snap up a ticket but were rewarded with a long interview with the ‘critically acclaimed actor’ Jake Gyllenhaal (I read it was three hours long but I’ll wait for more official reports).
About the show: most of it is a one-on-one interview conducted by James Lipton. There is a questionnaire that he inflicts on every guest, therefore Jake got to answer, too. I’m curious about the favorite word and obviously what turns him on and off:
- What is your favorite word?
- What is your least favorite word?
- What turns you on?
- What turns you off?
- What sound or noise do you love?
- What sound or noise do you hate?
- What is your favorite curse word?
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
- What profession would you not like to do?
- If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Photos were not allowed but thanks to a few bold peeps and Instagram we got an idea of what it was like to be there. I can’t believe my trip to NYC is in less than a month and I missed this.
The program usually concludes with a question-and-answer session with the students. I wonder if this student got to ask him mine:
The show usually airs three weeks after the taping but I will update the blog with an exact date hopefully soon. In the meantime we’ll just have to wait for the audience to share more of what I’m sure was an incredible night.
A few reactions:
ashley_henriettaaa so much respect for #JakeGyllenhaal
sarahejacobs So surprising. So giving. An awesome thing to watch someone speak so candidly and passionately about acting. Without ego and for the sake of learning
kimsofiaemilia (No photos allowed of Jake) but it was amazing! Smart guy.
Courtney Cavanagh Just had the pleasure of seeing the extremely talented and intelligent @JakeGyllenhal at “Inside the Actor’s Studio”
Jesi Mullins @jesimullins7h Home from the taping of Inside the Actors Studio with Jake Gyllenhaal – what an honest, intelligent, and delightful man to get to know.
Magan Carrigan @FromMagan Went to the filming of Inside the Actors Studio with Jake Gyllenhaal last night. So intelligent, so knowledgable. He was an amazing guest.
And a few things he said:
Annie [Hathaway] is precise. Technique. I’m a mess. I like to throw things against the wall and see what sticks.”
Don’t let the character’s uniform define you. We worked 6 months in rehearsal 2 shed the uniform.”
“Winning an award for the movie w the 6th most profanity of all time. Now that would make me proud.” – Jake Gyllenhaal, re: End Of Watch.
“Nothing gives me more joy than seeing other actors kill it.”
Check this clip from the episode with Hugh Laurie as a guest to have an idea of what to expect from the show. Before you ask, yes, I love Hugh Laurie.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) star in the new film by Academy Award-nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies), a brilliant adaptation of the Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago’s novel The Double.
Brilliantly adapted from the late Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago’s 2002 novel The Double, the latest from the Academy Award-nominated Denis Villeneuve breathes new life into the doppelgänger tradition, with a hypnotic, haunting, surreal approach that reaffirms the Quebec director as one of our generation’s most skilled storytellers.
Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in sex with his beautiful girlfriend, Mary (Mélanie Laurent). Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, an actor named Anthony Clair, in a bit role, and decides to track him down — an adventure he quite relishes. The identical men meet, and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined.
Set amidst the high-rises of Toronto, accented by a palette of muted browns and discordant cello notes, the world ofEnemy signals something deeply wrong hiding beneath its glassy, opaque surfaces. Dark dreams creep onto the screen, and as they begin to bleed into reality, the truth becomes even more unknowable.
Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, engendering empathy as well as disapproval while embodying two distinct personas. He is supported by an excellent small cast, including Sarah Gadon (a 2011 TIFF Rising Star) as Anthony’s pregnant wife. Enemy marks Villeneuve’s impressive foray into English-language filmmaking (his US-shot film Prisoners is also screening at the Festival — and also stars Gyllenhaal). With masterfully controlled attention to detail, Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange — and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image.
I would like to point out the tags used for this article on TIFF:
Experimental+Avant-garde. Mmmh. After reading the novel the film is based on I expected something like that but I fervently hope that the movie is not too cryptic for the audience.
Enemy’s Special Presentation at TIFF is scheduled on September 8, 2013, @6pm. Check TIFF at Pinterest for the guest list (Jake will be in Toronto, of course, with both his films Prisoners and Enemy). There’s a board with the TIFF 2013 films posters but alas Enemy’s isn’t there yet (really people?)