Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Post premiere post
Monday night saw the Source Code premiere at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Jake Gyllenhaal, Duncan Jones, Michelle Monaghan and the rest of the SC gang were in attendance. (This is a long post, so get some popcorn!)
First up, the red carpet: Jake interviewed by Ben Lyons. Awkward at the beginning and end, as always. But in between, we find out that Adam Levine is a better bowler and Jake might be looking at NYC real estate:
Interview with AP:
Jake upclose with the LA Times:
For Entertainment Tonight, Jake, Michelle and Vera respond to the classic SC question about what they'd do if they could go back in time. Vera has the best answer yet:
Video of Jake signing autographs. We get to hear Mr. B do his thing:
I can't believe those poor people were there for four hours!
Some further red carpet video of the SC stars and other celebs in attendance.
Before the big premiere, Jake stopped by Conan:
Some Jake-with-strangers backstage:
Another Jake junket interview, this time with the Guardian.
And an interesting story about Jake. I love the kudos to Jake's acting but don't like the dismissive tone of much of Jake's work. Nor do I think of Jake as not grown up:
His portrayal of a pumped-up, acrobatic hero in the summer popcorn pic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time forced him to talk more about his rock-hard abs than his performance, while his romantic-drama Love and Other Drugs had viewers applauding his (and Anne Hathaway’s) appealing nude bits rather than the film itself.
It’s time the 30-year-old actor gets dressed and gets back to acting — something the son of a screenwriter-mother and director-father does exceedingly well. ...
Gyllenhaal’s angry, desperate and poignant performance reminds you how good an actor he is when he’s fully clothed.
Some of Gyllenhaal's best work has been in films in which he plays a military man, or that focus on the role of the military in people's lives — Jarhead, Rendition, Brothers — and it's a topic that piques his interest.
"You hear it many times, the military will make a man out of you because it teaches responsibility, community and following certain orders you might not necessarily agree with, and that's what fascinates me about it.
"But you can challenge the cliché. When we did Jarhead, I remember Bill Broyles, who wrote the script and who was in the Marines, and whose son is in the Marines, he said after our first read-through, 'I just love that you’re playing this part because you're so like the guys I served with, and not the way the movies portray those guys normally.' This idea of a tough guy is a very interesting thing."
Whether it's playing a tortured soldier or a gay cowboy or a videogame prince, Gyllenhaal deals with a common dilemma; even at 30 he seems not-quite-grown-up. In his case perhaps it's also because he's a bachelor who won't be pinned down — he recently ended relationships with Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift. That manchild vibe is something his hero Paul Newman — who was a family friend and gave the young Gyllenhaal career advice — never faced.
"[Paul Newman] was a mentor in my life. I'm looking for mentors like that to show me things all the time. What is it to be a good person? And what is it to be a good man? That's a very important question, and it's not something you can perform, it's something you can sense. I feel I'm moving towards knowing myself, and being confident in myself."
And another junket interview. Hirsute is the word of the day: