No, not the REM album. Instead, it's this compilation of Jake interview answers that represents GyllenBabble at its finest. The article makes it seem as if it's a new, individual interview, but most of the questions are clearly from that New York press conference, others from TV interviews. We've read most of it before, but the "new" material is priceless, even if some of it is clearly taken out of context or badly paraphrased!
JG: “[Waving his hands around] Hi! I hope you don't mind but I get really animated!”
Q: Not at all, go for it. And what was with your look?
JG: “You mean in the movie, or in reality? Sorry, I have no concept of the difference between movies and reality!”
Q: Well, have you seen the movie?
JG: “Yes, Twilight. God, I loved that movie! (Laughs) No, I was just saying that, because it's the thing of the moment! Yeah, I'm up on stuff. But what did you want to know?”
Q: So how did the theme of this film resonate with you?
JG: “Which one? Sleeping with your brother's wife?!”
Q: The brother thing.
JG: “Wow...Well, I don't have a brother. Thank god! I do have a brother-in-law now, But that would be weird, because...anyway!
Q: How do you feel about what’s happening?
JG: “I still have great faith in our president. And I believe that he'll make the right choices.
Q: What about that scene where Tobey wrecks his kitchen, did you all need some decompression time after that, or did you laugh about it?
JG: “Well, the making of a movie is always full of its own odd moments. And when somebody breaks a cabinet in a movie, and has an intense moment, you have to go and put everything back in. And that's what I love about movies. So that's just the great fun and irony of movies. That people are made to look like idiots!
Q: So how did the prison system change your life?
JG: “I mean, you make movies, and so much is about this process now. You know, selling a movie. Or making it look good for an audience, or whatever. And the special moments that happen in movies, are the lessons that every movie has, for everybody involved in it. And I went through a journey in the prison system. But look, I don't know how it can't change your life when you meet a kid, who the day before was sentenced to life. And whose girlfriend had to testify against him. So I don't know how you could be breathing, and not have something like that change your life. Like they get one hour outside a week, and they're fourteen years old. It's now changed to an hour a day, but it was an hour a week when I got there. That is not to say that they've done perfect things. But it is to say that it can't not change my life. And another kid, Jim ended up putting in the movie. And another kid with the LA Conservation Corps started telling us all these stories, and they were unreal. To me. Like hiding meth in the back of a lamp of a four-wheel drive vehicle, driving over the border. And he was sixteen years old. And he told these stories like he was Homer. They were literally like tales. But he's changed his life. He's actually working now in the governor's office in Sacramento. So it's those things. It's like you look at a movie and go, yeah. It's a movie. But that's the stuff that I care about. So anyway. that's all!”
Q: How about the chemistry between you and Tobey, can you talk about that?
JG: “I think our relationship existed before we started shooting. With someone who is your contemporary, there's bound to be that. You are brothers in arms. There is admiration, and competition. A mixture of all of those things, and a confusion of all of those things. And the belief in yourself over them, and their belief in them over you. Your love for them, your want for their success. Your struggling for that. All of those things exist. I mean, I could go on, with a list of contradictions. And that exists between two people who do the same type of thing, in any job. So we just had to kinda show up, and it was there. But it was just easy.
This doesn't have a connection to the interview, but I thought it was a beautiful scren cap:
(Photos courtesy of IHJ. Brothers screen caps courtesy of NataliePortman.org. Photo of Jake and Tobey from Jake Weird.)