Thursday, May 13, 2010
Jape appeared on GMTV today in the U.K. The interviewer described herself as "giddy" after the clip. She asks Jake about the kids in his life - his niece and his god-daughter. And Jake affirms that he would like to be a father someday.
I know we've seen dozens of videos from the London premiere, but this one shows a lot of Jake we haven't seen: handing his gum over to his publicist and talking to the presenter outside the arena who properly swoons after interviewing him. We also get to see the interaction with the boy who was dressed up as Dastan.
Another London interview but with some different banter:
And if you want to watch the London press conference, the folks at Geek Syndicate have put up the entire thing. Here's Part One on youtube. Just follow the links to the rest from there. Haven't watched it myself yet, but it should be fun.
With my newly acquired Russian skills, I found out that Jake talked about his Russian heritage:
"I feel a certain connection with Russia and the people that I see here. In spirit, they remind me of my grandfather and my grandmother. I didn't know my great-grandfather and great-grandmother, but I can judge by their children."
Jake apparently did have time for a little walk around the city, telling the reporters that he likes to go to places tourists don't go. Jake acknowledged the storied Russian melancholy, even in himself, but said he prefers to be positive. And that he hadn't really noticed it in the people he'd met , but had seen their sense of humor. He apparently wanted to quote from Moby Dick but couldn't remember the line. Here's my reworking of the babelfish translation of the Russian interpretation of Jake's English: "If you have a big heart, it's necessary to protect it."
Seems like they asked him about Reese, but I'm not sure if Jake said anything other than that he's single. Oh, and if you ever need to know Jake's name in Russian, it's Джейк Джилленхол. I'll leave the pronunciation to you!
Finally - some new questions! MTV asked Jake about the Vampire Weekend video:
with a relatively huge summer movie to promote (the swords-n-sandals epic "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"), you'd think he'd have better things to do with his time.
Turns out, nothing could be further from the truth.
"That was just amazing, because I love that band, and I love their first album, and I had recently just got their second album," Gyllenhaal told MTV News. "I got a call from the directors, who are friends of mine ... and they were like, 'We're doing this thing, and we heard you're a big fan of the band. We didn't know if you wanted to come down.' I was actually in San Francisco, and they were shooting it in Los Angeles, and they were like, 'We're shooting it this evening,' so I said, 'All right, I'm there.' So I drove down from San Francisco to this soundstage in downtown L.A., and I basically changed into a tennis outfit, and I got down."
In the clip, Gyllenhaal plays a hard-swinging, even harder-boozing tennis pro, a role that, surprisingly, wasn't that much of a stretch for the Oscar-nominated actor.
"Well, that's the only way anyone's going to beat me, if I'm that wasted," he joked. "They call me, like, the John McEnroe of action films."
(Photos courtesy of IHJ.)