Thursday, May 13, 2010

Family ties

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.)


UltraViolet said...

I can't seem to get that clip to load properly. If you double click or just go to the link, it will work.

Couldn't fit this in the post, but I found this interview with Jake very interesting. This might be stuff taken from the general press conference, I'm not sure. I liked this part:

When we speak Gyllenhaal is in London for a few days prior to the film’s premiere. It has been two years since the death of his friend, Heath Ledger. Gyllenhaal is godfather to his daughter Matilda. The past couple of years have also seen the divorce of his filmmaker parents, and the death of his godfather, Paul Newman.

Perhaps as a result of these events, Gyllenhaal has acquired a new perspective on life, work, and what is important to him. “I don’t know if it [work] was the only thing that mattered to me, but it was the only way I could define myself, I could understand who I was and what I was doing.”

He came to the conclusion that “what really mattered to me was my life, and that I needed to start defining myself through my relationships and connections with the people I love dearly. Making a movie can be like a family but it isn’t your family. The camaraderie, the closeness, the connection you have with those people is a certain type of family, but ultimately I didn’t want to mistake that for my real one. I wanted to live my life and be with the people who wouldn’t care if all this went away.”

One of those people is his sister Maggie, the Oscar-nominated star of Crazy Heart. Watching her continued success is “the coolest thing ever” says the proud younger brother who was with her on Oscars day, “fetching whatever she needed”.

If you want to hear Jake say "Give me the dagger!" in Spanish, go here. I love it.

FluorescentLamp said...

Джейк Джилленхол

That would make a lovely tattoo if someone were so inclined.

Extra said...

I loved that interview, I think it's the best one yet from his UK junket. I thought that when she brought up the personal questions, they weren't intrusive and he seemed comfortable.I don't blame her for being giddy afterwards!

Those quotes in that interview sound similar to what he said in his GQ interview UV. Thanks for the link to that interview.

Jake's name in Russian looks really cool, I'm glad he got a chance to see a bit of Russia.

PS: I had no problem viewing that Russian Pap video, looks like he was having fun!

Anonymous said...

Oh it's awesome in Spanish! This whole promotional tour has been just beautiful. Thanks for all of the info. :)

UltraViolet said...

You're welcome - I loved it in Spanish, too. And yes, we are being spoiled.

Extra and FL, Jake's name looks great in Russian. and that italicized version would be a great tattoo. Someone should really do that. Though by the end, they'll be wishing he had a shorter name! Maybe just Jake.

Apparently the folks at Family Circle (!) got to go to the Sprint thing last night and they liked PoP, too.

This video shows a bunch of famous and non-famous folks saying "Good luck" to a bicyclist who has apparently won the California Tour three times in a row. Jake appears around the six-minute mark. (Richard Branson and Robin Williams are among the other names.)

Jen said...

That's great video of Jake and the fans! How cute is that little boy! :) I love how jake interacts with him. awwwwww.

It makes me feel sick looking at someone of the people who he missed out, if they were massive fans you can imagine how disapointed they'd be (i know he got as many people as he could) If i were to go to a premier one day and it would cost a lot of money and knowing me i'd end up in an unlucky spot. I reallllly want to meet him though. :/ If i saw him out and about i would be too scared to bother him incase i got a bad reaction. That would just be the worst thing in the world.

I just saw an interview with jake on 'live with studio five' on british tv. It will probably be on the internet soon. They gush over Jake, hahaha. :)

bobbyanna said...

Just watched the GMTV clip again. I totally love that woman. She's delightful! I enjoyed the "Come to Utah!" man, too. It was friendly and unstructured,instead of a "How'd you get those abs" interview, for a change.

FluorescentLamp said...

Clever how Jake manages not really to say anything personal. I think you pointed that out earlier - he just sort of agrees with her.

That's because he was hypnotized by Lorraine Kelly's Scottish brogue and would have agreed to anything she asked him for such is the power of the Brogue! :-)

UltraViolet said...

Oops - FL, I deleted my post before you made yours, hee. I was trying to fix my html tages.

Exactly, Bobbyanna - it was nice to see someone who could just go with the flow. I watched his interviews with Ben Kingsley and Gemma, and his style could grate after a while! But for a short bit, it was fine.

Still loving the GMTV interview. Clever how Jake manages not really to say anything personal. I think you pointed that out earlier - he just sort of agrees with her.

Jen, I had the same reaction to the premiere video. I felt terrible for the people who were just down the line from Jake before he'd turn away. I guess you have to be prepared for that if you go to one of these things.

Thanks for the heads-up on the other TV interview. Giddy seems to be the word of the day regarding Jake!

Which is appropriate, since he had giddy fun in that Vampire Weekend video. MTV asked Jake about it. Updated the post with a bit of the story, as well as the video.

UltraViolet said...

And updated again with video of Jake talking about it, though it is slightly different from the video.

Also, a really annoying Coming Soon comparison of Robin Hood and PoP. Clearly written by a Ridley Scott fan, as the author admits.

Anonymous said...

When you go down one of those red-carpet things you do have a bit of time to sign autographs but they are still on a schedule and he has to go with that.
This type of situation has no way of having any real type of conversation - you can get a little bit - as we've seen - but once again we know who he is - and we could talk about this or that with him but he can't ask us about specific things in our lives because he doesn't know us. That's why even if meeting him on the street for an autograph is going to be the same way. So any effort on his part is a pretty good deal.

Get Real said...

I am so glad it is almost the weekend so I can have a chance to catch up on all the Gyllen-news

Chica said...

I enjoyed that interview he did with GMTV, I'm not familiar with the interviewer but what a delightful woman! I like his interview with Utah guy too, these interviews were refreashing and you got to find out a few new nuggets.

I know that he is probably back in the States now getting ready for the premiere on the 17th, but how wonderful it was for him to be in the country of his Maternal Grandparents.

Comparing RH with Pop is like comparing apples to oranges. Pop is a family-oriented fantasy, popcorn flick and RH is geared to a older audience.

That was fun finding out how he got involved with the Vampire Weekend video, Thanks!

Get Real said...

Any word on any other interviews in the states besides Kimmel.

suvee said...

Джейк Джилленхол

That would make a lovely tattoo if someone were so inclined.

Oh, it would indeed!

But for those of us chickensh**ts with an aversion to tattoos, how about using it on a t-shirt instead? It could be GB's commemorative PoP promo tour t-shirt. I picture Джейк Джилленхол on the front and "Russia, 2010" (in Cyrillic, of course) on the back. Anyone here know how to silk screen? :)

The GMTV interview was so enjoyable. I could listen to her talk all day. Yet another media professional made giddy by Jake! Thanks, Ginny and UV for passing it on.

bobbyanna said...

suvee, that's a great idea for a t-shirt!

I just realized where I've seen GMTV's Lorraine Kelley. About three years ago, I saw a small Scottish film starring Emily Mortimer and Gerard Butler called "Dear Frankie." Emily played the mother of a deaf boy who wrote letters to him pretending to be his absent father.

Lorraine played her landlord/BFF who owned a fish and chips shop. She was wonderful. Gerard Butler played a very different kind of role from his usual characters. He was actually likeable. :)

Anonymous said...

Did you guys see that Jake Watch was back??

Anonymous said...

Entertainment Tonight had a bit on Jake in Russia this evening.

UltraViolet said...

Thanks for the ET info, anon.

I did see that JakeWatch is back. Good luck to PG. She should have some fun material to work with over the next few weeks.

Get real Jake is also scheduled to be on Regis and Kelly the day after Kimmel, I think. Leading me to believe Kimmel will be taped.

Letterman, Leno and Ellen don't have their schedules out for the pre-Pop week yet.

but how wonderful it was for him to be in the country of his Maternal Grandparents.

I agree, chica. No one seemed to focus on that, but I thought it was so cool to hear about Jake's Russian roots. And I loved his thoughts, garbles though they might be through the many translations, on the Russian mentality and his own nature. I like it when people get Jake to expound on other things.

Suvee, I love the idea of the t-shirt!

And yes, the GMTV interviewer was wonderful. Interesting background, Bobbyanna. I had no idea she was also an actress.

mary said...

stephanie posted that jake is scheduled for jimmy kimmell on the 25 and regis and kelly on the 26 which means he must fly right to new york after he taper the jk show i would imagine he will do a few oher talk show s while in ny he usually does good morning america

bobbyanna said...

OK, I goof, bigtime! The actress I was thinking about is Sharon Small, who also did the Inspector Linley Mystery Series on BBC. It was not Lorraine Kelley. But honestly, the resemblance between the two women is pretty remarkable. And the both have Scottish brogues.

Sure hope Jake will be able to add Letterman and Jon Stewart to his schedule. I did want to see Diane Sawyer gush over him, too. But she's not on in the A.M. anymore.

UltraViolet said...

Hee, Bobbyanna. We won't hold it against you!

Looks like Jake just got back to LA. That Venice spotting didn't really make sense, plus someone on FB spotted him in London Thursday:

And my brief moment of starspotting - Jake Gyllenhaal was right m front of me in the ever tedious customs queue at LAX. Dude had 10 cases!

Carla said...

So Jake has a weekend off before the madness is starting again?

I just read a very interesting and well written (IMO) article from the Independent

Independent UK

Ofice of Nancy Pelosi said...

Oh I do hope Jake stops by the Daily Show when he is in NY for Kelly and Regis.

Love the GMTV interview, and she really liked Pop. Ms. Kelly was ceratinly giddy and a bit smitten!

I hope Jake recovered from the Russian premiere:)) That is a fantastic idea for a T-shirt Suvee!

That is a really good article/interview Carla thans for posting.

The return of JW, Yay!!

Karen said...

I haven't posted here before but I was with Sheba at the premiere. Just wanted to say that if you shouted his name loud enough Jake came over to you, some of the people there (mainly the men) were there just to see Gemma or Jerry Bruckheimer (they were a bit geeky), so if you were a Jake fan you would definatley be screaming his name, which he loved, so I think he got to most of us!

Shondra said...

That video with Jake and the fans reminded me of my efforts to get Orlando Bloom's attention:((

I'm glad to hear that the fans there managed to get Jake's attention Karen, I read Sheba's red carpet report, it sounded so exciting!

I love Lorraine Kelly's brogue ! What a great interview. I would love for Jake to do theater again as he mentioned.

Monday is the big L.A. premiere, I cant't wait!

Thanks for all the updates UV, FL and everyone else that has provided links to a very busy week for Jake and his fans!

UltraViolet said...

Hi Karen, thanks for the red carpet report. Good to hear that most Jakers probably got their man. I'm so glad you and Sheba had such a good experience.

Oh, Shondra - you poor thing! Maybe someday, if the Orlando dream is still alive. Or maybe you'll get to see Jake :)

That is a good article, Carla. Again, the non-US interviews are almost always better. It was interesting that the author catalogued how Jake was unwilling to talk about personal things in the past - and then that Jake still didn't seem to discuss anything too personal.

Sad news about The Daily Show - it looks like it's in reruns for the next two weeks. I'm bummed about that. They do come back after Memorial Day, so if Jake is still out there promoting, there's a chance.

Usually the promo stops after the movie's out, but I notice the Iron Man actors have still been promoting it this week.

Anonymous said...

I remember interviews in the past where he was kidding and it seems he has always had fun when making movies. He joked on BBM..Zodiac..etc.
Sometimes the movie would dictate his interviews. "Rendition" being serious.
It's admirable he doesn't talk at length or much at all about his personal life. He does talk about people in his life but he's not going to tell you day in and day out things about what was said, what they did, etc. There are some actos who give you indepth detail about their lives that you might not even want to know. If it's their style then o.k.
But when you are in the public eye you want to have some life to yourself and hope he's always able to.

UltraViolet said...

Yup, anon, Jake has never revealed a lot of specifics of his life. He keeps the details to himself.

I posted the interview and some other goodies in a new post.