Saturday, May 22, 2010
Jake gets "hard, dirty, rough"
Jake Gyllenhaal is everywhere these days: Online, on the radio, in print and on telephone booths.
The spotlight has definitely been on Prince of Persia and its Disney-friendly promotion. But in an interview for Elle, there's talk of Jake's next project, Love and Other Drugs. Director Ed Zwick promises a new Jake:
Zwick says, doing his best to amp up expectations as I prepare to meet Gyllenhaal in Montreal (he’s on location shooting a sci-fi thriller, Source Code): “I think you’ll be seeing aspects of him that no one has ever seen before.”
In place of the grown-up child-actor narcissism you might expect, Gyllenhaal seems to have an aggressively beatific urge to connect with everything and everyone around him, as if he has just walked out of the ballroom at a human-potential seminar.
“That’s a real guy you had breakfast with,” Anne Hathaway says afterward. “A lot of actors only know how to be real when the camera is rolling, but Jake is unbelievably warm and open and welcoming. There’s no mistake why he’s so charming on-screen.” She should know, although in Brokeback, Gyllenhaal’s character couldn’t dance around Hathaway fast enough to wrestle with Heath Ledger in the high pines. (While Ledger and costar Michelle Williams were beginning a passionate affair, “Jake and I were geeking out over The Simpsons.”) But in Love and Other Drugs, Gyllenhaal and Hathaway take the on-screen chemistry in a distinctly hetero direction.
The movie explores the relationship between Jake's character and one played by Anne Hathaway, Jake's Brokeback Mountain co-star. But in LaOD, they are going to do more than dance:
“I lured her to do the movie by telling her that [Brokeback] wasn’t our love story, this one should be,” he says in an admission of tactical charm. He’s a Big Pharma drug rep, she’s an artist in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, and they fall in love in a no-holds-barred sort of way, exposing at least as much flesh as Gyllenhaal did in his near-naked dance in the Gulf War sufferfest Jarhead. “We’re going to learn the hard, dirty, rough parts of ourselves and share them at the same time,” is how he describes their dramatic approach. “Jake invites vulnerability,” Hathaway says. “He’s not afraid of that.”
There's apparently more of the interview in the magazine.
Stephanie uploaded some of the highlights from Jake's visit to Disney Radio on Friday. He looks like he's having a great time!
Jake takes a question about one of the actions scenes:
Jake on the ostriches:
Jake Gyllenhaal, pro basketball player:
Or professional DJ:
Jake was also on the radio in Dublin, where the presenters gush about Jake's eyes.
New ad, Brothers:
Still haven't seen a billboard or poster in Boston, but here's Dastan on a Shanghai phone booth!