Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Talent, versatility, elegance and intelligence
Not a bad way to sum up the charms of one Jake Gyllenhaal. According to the Miami Herald, "Throw in good looks and innate charisma, and you have a superstar."
In this interview and another in El Nuevo Herald, Jake discusses what appealed to him about Prince of Persia, why his parents made him stay in school and why he wanted to make movies. An excerpt:
However, that was then, Prince is now, and it is better than what you may have heard: a movie whose sole purpose is to entertain and does.
"It's fun, right?'' Gyllenhaal said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles.
The obvious answer is yes, it is fun, because it transports the viewer to a time of myths and legends that require no explanation: a sit-back-and-enjoy adventure, and that is part of its charm. Gyllenhaal obviously loves the movie, and one can detect this by simply listening to his description of a brief moment early in the story:
There's one shot at the very beginning of the movie where you see the king, and somehow he's on the horse and he picks up the young Dastan. The horse is glimmering gold, and he's glimmering gold. And I always think, when I see that shot, of all the little kids who will hopefully go [to] the movie and are going to see that. It's going to make some kind of unconscious impression on them, even just the colors.
A new PoP interview. Watch Jake feint fainting and generally just get punchy:
IHJ has uploaded scans from a Canadian magazine. Unfortunately for the non-fluent-French among us, it's en français. But I was able to glean a few tidbits.
Jake talks about how much he loved Montreal - an international city with a great mix of French and English people and food. "You could almost think you're in Paris!"
He doesn't seem eager to challenge McBongo for the title of the best abs in Hollywood. I think he says he doesn't have any interest in going surfing where MM does.
When asked about publicity surrounding his break-up, he says, "That's life." And that he believes in love and knows the right girl is out there for him. It's just a matter of "our paths crossing."
And perhaps most importantly: "I don't think there's any part of my body that isn't shown" in LaOD :)
The magazine devotes two pages to Jake's time in Montreal. You can sort of figure out what they are saying, but three of the funniest/most interesting:
Jake and Isabel Lucas did eat at Byblos Le Petit Café, with Naomi. And apparently, Jake and Isabel kissed on the lips when she arrived. Very important reporting!
Jake was enjoying his anonymity at a restaurant called Barroco - until he went to the restroom. Apparently, when he came out of the bathroom, the young woman standing there "lost her pedals," which apparently translates into "lost her mind/went nuts."
Finally, Jake and Kirsten allegedly ran into each other at Garde-Manger. Kirsten came in while Jake and Isabel were flirting and joking. Kirsten ignored them and sat down but neither paid attention to the other. Oh, and they all drank expensive vodka.
Jake's reaction to seeing his Tonner doll.