Update:The Times also has an interview with Jake, who has an emotional response to being asked about Heath Ledger. It's too long and really too poignant to quote here. He also discusses his family name, the English accentand the reaction to some of his movies.
... how did America’s Devil Dogs react to Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of a Gulf War antihero in Jarhead? “Definitely a mixed reaction,” he responds, with a quick smile. “Some people really loved it, and ... well, what I appreciate is the flat-out honesty I get from people who were in the service. They come up to me and say, ‘Hey, are you the guy from Jarhead?’ I go, ‘Yeah’. And they go, ‘I didn’t like that movie’.”
He bursts out laughing.
And what about Brokeback Mountain? What does the general public think of that? Thankfully, with the mood lightened, Gyllenhaal seems comfortable returning to the subject of the Oscar-winning movie with one of the most tragic postscripts in modern cinema history. “There was a beauty to that film,” he says, with feeling, “regardless of the jokes poked at it. There was a beauty to it that surpassed all that other stuff.”
JakeGyllenhaal just can't stop talking to the press! The Prince of Persia promotional flood continues. The Independent has a new article about Jake's evolution:
After years of acclaim and quiet, unshowy, altruistic performances which helped his co-stars glean attention (Heath Ledger, of course, in Brokeback Mountain and Tobey Maguire in last year's Jim Sheridan-directed drama Brothers), Gyllenhaal is finally on his way to the sort of routine-shattering global success a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced "tentpole" film like Prince of Persia can guarantee, and he is the latest torch-bearer for Hollywood's "smart-throb" club. There are some of it who are older than him (George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, Matt Damon) but not too many surrounding him, turning 30 as he does in December.
Jake is unique!
For Gyllenhaal anyway, Prince of Persia is much more conventional. "This kid doesn't know who his family is. He does something because his heart is good, and that heart is seen by someone else. Being seen really deeply is what being part of a family is. When someone sees you and they really see you for who you are, you become family with them in whatever way that is."
Does Gyllenhaal believe in real-life happy endings? "'Happy' is a funny word. How am I supposed to know? But yes, I guess I do."
One more tidbit from the article:
More women flirted with me," laughs Jake Gyllenhaal, "when I shaved my head as a marine in Jarhead than when I got big muscles and had long hair in Prince of Persia."
Maybe that's because you always kept that long, beautiful hair hidden away, Jake!
Still more videos from the promo blitz. Thanks to IHJ, a couple of new TV spots and some interviews:
From InStyle UK, Jake and Gemma talk about Tamina and Dastan's relationship:
And from ScreenRush, Jake and Gemma talk about why they did the movie and each other. They talk about each other, that is - not why they did each other.
A couple of Moscow roof leftovers:
(Moscow photos courtesy of flickr/princeofpersiail.)