Update: New pics of Jake after getting coffee at LA Mill today:
There's a fascinating interview with Jake Gyllenhaal in the June issue of American Way. Allotted only a short amount of time, the AW interviewer managed to cover a variety of different topics, profound to prosaic.
“A year ago, Entertainment Weekly spoke to a lot of people for a piece about Heath Ledger. The screenwriter, producer and cinematographer of Brokeback Mountain all talked. You were conspicuously absent. Are you uncomfortable remembering him in public?”
“Yes,” he said, pausing. “Brokeback was painful. Any time you go into pain, I don’t think you necessarily want to go back. But the results of that film, and how the public responded to it so hugely, were worth it. Walking through any kind of pain is usually worth it. As close as we all became making that movie, for all those other people, it didn’t extend much farther than [the movie itself], so that experience of work could be easily talked about for publications. The experience Heath and I had was also shared publicly with all the press and publicity we did.
But what we shared as friends, though I respect the interest that so many people have in the mourning and grieving process and how it feels to other people, I feel like — and I don’t mean this in an unkind way — but I don’t think it’s anybody’s business but his and mine. So in that sense, to really respect him — and also the way he felt about his life and his private life and what he cared about, because he was a deeply caring and loving human being — every time anybody asks me any question about him, it would be like he was sitting next to me, and I know he would roll his eyes, because that’s the way he was. It was between us.”
Jake also deflects a question about Kirsten Dunst and discusses his competition with and admiration for fellow actors, his charity work and the one sports moment of glory he'd like to experience:
“Winning a mountain time trial in the Tour de France,” Jake said without hesitation. “I do love to climb. There’s something physical about it, there’s a consistency and an internal rhythm where you just put your head down and feel the pain.”
Jake's response to the reporter's semi-whine about not having enough time:
“I would accept the situation for what it was, and then I would hope that the opportunity — if I was interested in the person I was talking to — would come again in a more natural environment. I learned accepting what you have as what you have.”
We'll try to remember that over the next few months after the surfeit of Jake we've gotten recently!
Continuing on the "Twenty minutes" theme, the folks at Sequence Magazine have gathered "all the material on Prince of Persia: Sands of Time that is th" into a "nice, structured" 20-minute "Making of" video. I haven't watched it yet, but I do want to revisit all of those behind-the-scenes videos, now that I've watched the movie.
Guess we know why Jake wasn't at the Celtics game. From twitter:
Spotted: jake gyllenhaal at the mumford and sons show.
Guess the band can't get away from the Hollywood scene:
JO: Well I know that apparently you’ve got one huge fan. I read in GQ that Jake Gyllenhaal mentioned that he was really into you guys.
BL: Yeah, he came down for the last show and he’s a really nice guy. Obviously it’s great that he’s a fan and it’s great that my mom’s neighbor’s best friend is a fan. It’s like, if people like the music it’s good and we’re happy with that. … I guess for the most part I find celebrity culture a little bit strange. And I think that’s partly being British and that’s partly being just ourselves as well. We’re not too into hype and we’re not into “celebrity-ness.” I think at the end of the day it detracts from, certainly, musicians, what they should be doing—writing songs and playing gigs.
Some things are just irresistible, Mumford keyboardist:
I spy with my little eye Marcus Mumford hugging Jake Gyllenhall. Squee.
(Photos courtesy of IHJ.)