Not to rub salt into our wounds, but here's what we WON'T see this year at TIFF, which begins Thursday, 4 September.
We won't see a happy, smiling Jake wearing his little Air Canada flight wings and pulling his own luggage as he approaches Customs at Toronto's Pearson Int'l Airport.
We won't see Jake walk into a film's premiere being virtually unrecognized and ignored.
Nor will we see how fast his celebrity rose in only a year outside the same venue.
We won't see the fan swell from last year to this year.
Won't see him casually walking down a Toronto street with his agent.
We won't see the scrum of fans and paparazzi, including my pal, Warren from Rex Features, outside the side door of the Sutton Place Hotel after the Brothers press conference.
Nor will we see him on the red carpet for the non-premiere of Brothers.
We'll never get to see which good friend he might have brought along to the non-premiere of Brothers.
Sadly, we never did and probably never will see Jake and Reese at an afterparty dancing briefly, but divinely.
Won't see this at any TIFF'08 afterparty either.
We won't see video of him pulling the curtains in his hotel room and slowly realizing he's being filmed.
And in one of the strangest things I have ever been witness to, we won't see crowds of people milling about and staring at the entrance of that very same celeb-filled hotel doing nothing on a hot September day but staring. And waiting. For anything. Or anyone. Whose name might be Jake Gyllenhaal. Or not.
Photos and videos courtesy of IHJ and GyllenBabble