Friday, April 2, 2010

Metroid and Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

What are those, you ask? They are some of the apparently passé video games Jake Gyllenhaal got to play on his outdated Nintendo system in his youth. Along with the Prince of Persia, naturally.

Interviewed in the new issue of SFX, Prince Of Persia star Jake Gyllenhaal reveals how his research – ie, playing the Prince Of Persia games – led to him becoming a bit of a stunt designer on the film.

SFX: Had you ever played the Prince Of Persia videogames?

“I played the original game. I then played The Sands Of Time and its subsequent spawn while I was preparing for the movie. With The Sands Of Time I would bring in the stuntmen sometimes and be like, ‘Check out this move! Can we figure out how we can duplicate this thing?’ They’d be like, ‘Sure,’ and it would get incorporated. So I played it then. I played a lot of videogames when I was a kid. I was stuck with the original Nintendo and all the games that went with it, like Metroid and Mike Tyson’s Punch Out.” [Laughs.]

The Man Known As Prince

If Jerry Bruckheimer managed to make one of the best family blockbusters in recent memory from a theme park ride, just imagine what he can do with one of the most fun, addictive and downright satisfying videogames of the past decade. Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, will be whipping up a (sand)storm in cinemas this summer so we’ve had a chat with the cast and crew for your ocular pleasure – including the lovely Gemma Arterton and Jake Gyllenhaal.

This issue is apparently on newsstands next week (April 7), in the U.K.

More Jakeness from across the pond. I found a few Oscar photos I hadn't seen yet. Well, the first ones, from backstage, are on IHJ. The rest are from Sky News. You know how much they like Jake!

Oh, the last one isn't new, I just like it :)

Just a few trinkets, a few of them even left profile, to help FL celebrate her birthday. Here's to a great day and an even better year, full of adventure and only the coolest toys. Thanks for helping to run this joint, FL!


Ginny said...

Happy Birthday FL.

Leonor E. G. Núñez said...

What smile!

bobbyanna said...

Happiest of Birthdays,FL!!!
(waves & dances the Donnie Darko jig!)

Chica said...

Have a wonderful birthday FL!!!

Love the SFX scans and interview!

bobbyanna said...

Just saw this on twitter:

"In the maple leaf lounge with JAKE GYLLENHAAL!"
about 1 hour ago via txt

This tweet was from the Airport in Montreal, so I guess Jake's heading to SF.

I love these backstage at the Oscar pictures, UV. Skye does love Jake! I'm not loving the SFX pictures of Jake. They're nice, but the shading seems off or something. I like the shadowy version of the hooded look best. These almost don't look like photos.

Extra said...

Have a great day FL!!

You're right Bobbyanna, they really don't look like photos, a bit off.

Suvee said...

Happy birthday, FL! Hope this next year is filled with happiness. Enjoy your day!

Cathy E said...

Have a great day, FL!

I really like the SFX cover - Jake looks magical. The cover is nice, cant' wait to read - move over, Jack Sparrow (we love ya tho)! :)

FluorescentLamp said...

Yay! It's mah burfday!! Now I can FINALLY buy liquor legally! WooHoo!!!

Thanks everyone for the b-day wishes.

Paula said...

Happy b-day FL!!!

I love the comparison to Jack Sparrow in the SFX cover story, how cool!

I do love the song by Alanis for Pop. The lyrics are haunting and the intrumentals are beautiful.

MARY said...


get real said...

Happy Birthday, FL!!!

Cool interview and sexy pics of JG!!

bobbyanna said...

I've been looking at the pictures ...yet again, and I really love the Jake/Rachel set. You can definitely understand why people would like to see the two of them together!:)

(Enjoy, FL! My problem is never the alcohol,it's always the Birthday Cake!:))

The SFX pics aren't "bad", it's just that I prefer him all sweaty, and stubbled, and rugged. In the SFX pictures he looks...cleaned up, or something.

UltraViolet said...

Yay, FL, we can finally get a drink together :)

Bobbyanna, please avert your eyes. I'm posting a Lainey link:

The McJakey campaign was born after Rachel McAdams and Jake Gyllenhaalpresented together at the Oscars. Unfortunately there will be no McJakey. Not yet. Because it looks like Jakey is tied up with someone else.

Jake is currently shooting a movie in Montreal called Source Code. Last night he was spotted at Garde Manger and I’m told exclusively that he was “all cuddled up” with Isabel Lucas. She’s the actress from Transformers 2. The one who was with Shia LaBeouf on the night he f-cked up his hand in that accident even though she was supposedly dating Adrian Grenier at the time. She is gorgeous.

Jakey was wearing a white shirt over jeans, apparently even hotter in real life. When he wasn’t wrapped around her, he was trying to get Isabel to dance with him. She seemed shy. And he didn’t seem to be missing Reese at all. Or, for that matter, Rachel.

Interestingly and awkwardly enough, Kirsten Dunst, who is also in Montreal working on a different movie, was also there with a girlfriend sitting on the opposite side of the venue. She spent a lot of time on the phone in the bathroom.

UltraViolet said...

Forgot to say that there is something slightly off about the SFX cover, but I like the pic anyway. Probably because I love the way Jake's eyes look, even if it's doctored!

Seems like the UK mags are really promoting PoP. Hope we get some similar effort on this side of the pond.

The Jack Sparrow thing worries me, because I think it's an unrealistic expectation, that PoP will match or exceed PoTC.

bobbyanna said...

Hmmm. Isabel Lucas. 25 year old Australian, fits his physical "type" and definitely not someone who'd come to mind if you're talking marriage and babies.

But I'm of the belief he's just partying. I'd bet he probably doesn't want "serious" right now, just fun. I'm still holding out hope for Rachel. She seems more mature and smart. And she is very pretty.

(Plus what does that old dirtbag know! I'll never, ever, forgive her for Heath.That was despicable. Sorry.)

FluorescentLamp said...

Isabel Lucas, huh? I can't imagine anything she and Jake would have in common.

Anonymous said...

(Plus what does that old dirtbag know! I'll never, ever, forgive her for Heath.That was despicable. Sorry.)

I agree. She was hateful about him when he was alive (and disdainful and disrespectful after Heath died. I still loathe her for it).

I like that Isabel is Australian and very pretty but it hardly sounds like Jake is "dating" her--more like hanging out and having fun (he probably is hanging out and having fun with other girls as well). Lainey is an idiot.

But Isabel seems like a nice girl unlike a certain peanut buttercup.

Anonymous said...

Wow, she's adorable - looks like they have green in common. :)

bobbyanna said...

Wonderful find, FL. She seems very sweet! ...but can she cook?:)

FluorescentLamp said...

Hopefully not, bobbyanna. That's what Jake is for. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the link, FL. Isabel Lucas does seem very young for her age. I think it was as some have suggested. They were out having fun, they aren't dating. I've read other accounts of Jake becoming "affectionate" at bars with a group of friends. I am glad of one thing in that gossip item. She says he didn't look like he was missing anyone!

Leonor E. G. Núñez said...

Happy Birthday FL!!!

Carla said...

Happy Birthday, FL - I hope you enjoy your day with family and friends!

IMO Jake lookS bit creepy in the FSX pictures - more like a painting than a real person. (But I am happy that he is on the cover of the magazine!)

Isabel Lucas? She is not the first woman Jake will be "tied up" with and won´t probably the last... we should get used to the fact that every woman Jake will be seen with is his new "girlfriend".....

Monica said...

The image reminds me one of the photos of the game Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. It's amazing the resemblance between Jake and Dastan.
But I did not like the hood in the picture, only the eyes.

I had some difficulties in some levels of the game Prince of Persia. But I liked to play. I like games with multiple levels, such as Resident Evil and Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King.

Happy birthday, FL.

Shondra said...

Happy Birthday FL!!!!

Isabel Lucas? Sounds like he was just having a good time/partying, good for him!

The SFX pic of Jake looks like it's a painting, not a photo, definately touched up .It's a great photo touched-up or not so no complaints from me!

sheba said...

Jeez UV, you could have at least put a health warning on this post. I clicked on GyllenBabble in my favourites, whilst waiting for it to load I got distracted by the TV, turned back to the computer and Blam!! I nearly fell off my chair. I also uttered a big expletive. The cover of SFX is banging.

Yes, there's quite a bit of excitement about PoP over here. The Sky Girls are doing a great job. It's also exciting that the UK may be the first world premier on 9th May. Don't know how that will work as the movie comes out on 21st May.

Have a good Good Friday, y'all and Happy Birthday FL.

Office of Nancy Pelosi said...

Love the SFX cover, he looks mysterious and sexy!! Never tire of the Rachel/Jake pics from the Oscars.

Don't mind if he is having a bit of fun with Isabel Lucas, she's gorgeous.

Hope you are having lots of fun, cake on your day FL!!

Sheba baby said...

I want this magazine now! Love the cover, I just wish Jake will show up on a US equivilent of SFX.

Isabel is pretty but Jake will be linked with every girl out there now that he is single.

Can't wait for WonderCon this weekend!!

I hope you are enjoying your birthday FL!

mary said...

do they sell fsx magazine here in the us i know we can buy empire magazine never heard of fsx

suvee said...

I kinda like this cover photo..... those incredible eyes framed so dramatically by the black hood.... wow!
The first couple of times I looked at that photo, I kept seeing SEX, not SFX. Cannot imagine why. :)

I finally saw design files for a couple of our PoP products today at work. Interestingly, these 2 products are not shipping to retail stores until the fall. Both are so cool, and without divulging too much, one of them has a 3-D feature. Both are targeted for tweens/teens, and editorially play up the "destiny" theme. (BTW, I do not work for a toy company. We make many different products for all ages.) Anyway, I was quite excited!

As for Isabel, I hope Jake has some fun playing the field for a while. And if he asked me to dance, I'm pretty sure "shy" would not be my first reaction!

bobbyanna said...

"And if he asked me to dance, I'm pretty sure "shy" would not be my first reaction!"

No kidding!!! LOL!!!

FluorescentLamp said...

Really? You'd get out on the dance floor with Jake? Knowing that all eyes would be on you? I consider myself a decent dancer and I don't think *I* could do it. Not with a celeb of his stature. Okay, maybe if lots of alcohol was involved for Dutch courage. :-)

Josie said...

I think the photo on SFX looks cool and sexy (I thought it said SEX too for a second Suvee, LOL!!)

I'm so jealous that you get to see some of the Pop stuff coming up Suvee! Thanks so much for giving us a glimpse w/o revealing too much.

I'm all for Jake playing the field, he wouldn't have to ask me twice to dance that's for sure!!

Happy birthday FL!

FluorescentLamp said...

I thought it would be bigger.

That's the Esplanade Ballroom, the room where the Disney panel and Jake will be tomorrow at Wondercon.

Monica said...

^^ This is scary to me.

FluorescentLamp said...

Birthday is winding down, so thanks again everyone for all your birthday wishes.

And thanks especially to UV. She knows how to make a girl with a left-profile-of-Jake obsession happy!

UltraViolet said...

Hello, everyone. hope the birthday was a good one, FL :)

Access Hollywood has a summer movie preview of PoP up. It's on the right-hand side, just scroll down. Most of it we've seen before, but I think there's some new stuff in there.

Suvee, interesting info on the fall PoP merchandise. Let's hope it's still popular then :)

I'm with the pro-SFX cover people. Not sure if we get the mag in the States, mary. I'm hoping for an early online scan.

Tweety said...

I missed wishing a happy birthday yesterday FL, I hope you had a good one!

I hope we can get SFX over here, the cover is amazing.

That looks like a small venue for the Disney panel at WonderCon today FL, a lot of the panels will take place there.

I see Jake has not been avoiding Garde Manger):

I don't see how anyone can mix up Jake and Sam!:

LaurLaff1: So my bad tonight.. totally thought Jake Gyllenhaal was in Clash Of The Titans.. hes not. Sam Worthington is haha Jake is Prince of Persia &
about 8 hours ago from web

Anonymous said...

This was on the Ain't It Cool News site -
And that was my day. If I sleep now I might be able to squeeze out 5 ½ hours of sleep before the big Disney and Warner Bros panels and my interviews with Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman and one Mr. Jake Gyllenhaal.

See you folks tomorrow night with some of that goodness!

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Not sure if i'd want to read some of the comments after it because they have their share of haters but i think Quint will have respect for the people he inteviews.
Have noticed tho not a lot of talk about POP on this site other than at the beginning talk about it being a movie. During the screenings and all just don't rem. seeing much if anything on it.

Tweety said...

jmechner: En route to WonderCon with Jerry, Jake, Jon Turteltaub, Jay Baruchel and Teresa Palmer
3 minutes ago from Echofon

Anonymous said...

I am happy to see Jake enjoying himself these days.But I think he and Rachel mcadams will be perfect for each other.They really have a lot in common.They are both down to earth people and keeping hush about their private life.Rachel loves yoga and cooking.She wants a family and have babies.She is also a eco girl.They have the same brand of bike(Trek).Can I have a hope, right?

Anonymous said...

Think its fairly easy for actors to get in touch with other actors with agents and whoever who can get their phone numbers.
Am sure if Jake wants to get in touch with Rachel he will. (Or the other way around).
And it would be nice if they did!

Tweety said...

GeekGirlotStree: In PoP press con waiting for Jake Gyllenhaal and crew... EXCITING! #WonderconGGotS #Wondercon
3 minutes ago from web

GeekGirlotStree: We're here, where are you? About to head into Prince of Pers. press con... #WonderconGGotS #wondercon
25 minutes ago from web

Tweety said...

Very blurry pic of Jake at Wondercon:

FluorescentLamp said...

And there he is">.

FluorescentLamp said...

And there he is again.

I added too many weird html codes to the one above, but you can still click it to see it.

Tweety said...

Thanks FL!

Tweety said...

Thanks FL!

Tweety said...

Lucky girl!

candicecd: I just asked Jake Gyllenhaal a question. He kept eye contact with me the whole time. I might melt. @Geekgirlotstree #wonderconggots
4 minutes ago from txt ·

Anonymous said...

Jakes looking good, like this tweet.

Jake: "I keep the dagger of time and will use it if this press conference has any weird questions." #wondercon #wonderconggots 11 minutes ago via mobile web

Tweety said...

Jake's first Con jitters:

prebekita: Jake Gyllenhall is reallll dreamy...but oddly nervous, knee rubbing, vein popping on head, nervous giggle, luckly his smile makes up for it.
11 minutes ago from Tweetie

FluorescentLamp said...

I've made a new post for panel discussions. :)

Tweety, would you mind bringing over that last post?