Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday Night's All Right
Jake Gyllenhaal made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live. He did a sketch with old friend Andy Samberg, who played a hilarious Nicolas Cage. If you missed it or just want to see it again, watch this before it gets pulled!
Backstage, Jake met La La Vazquez, reality star and wife of fellow SNL cameo-er, Carmelo Anthony:
Saturday Night Live was AMAZING! @carmeloanthony was hilarious and look who I met, he's the nicest guy ever!
Saturday afternoon, Jake attended a performance of The Book of Mormon, a new Broadway musical from the creators of South Park. The play has gotten rave review - wonder what Jake thought of it?
Also getting raves? Source Code. The tomatometer is going strong while the box office is lagging behind the reviews. Predicted to fall in the mid-teen range, Source Code deserves a bigger audience. Here's hoping great word of mouth leads to greater legs for the film.
Some cute tidbits from interviews that have mostly recycled news: Jake on his daddy duties:
It’s 6 p.m. on a Friday night, and Jake Gyllenhaal is keeping someone waiting. No, not Reese Witherspoon or Taylor Swift, with whom Gyllenhaal has had high-profile, tabloid-manna relationships in recent years, but a German shepherd named Atticus, who Gyllenhaal insists is the someone special in his life.
“He’s not getting his full workout tonight because his father is working,” the 30-year-old actor says in his good-natured, soft-spoken voice. “We might as well get it out there on the table: I’ll be going home in about an hour and watching a movie with Atticus.’’
One thing Gyllenhaal can count on with Atticus: the dog isn’t hanging with him because he’s a movie star. That’s important to a man who says that, in choosing roles to play onscreen and people to be in his life offscreen, he’s looking for the same thing. “I can smell when it’s not real.” Gyllenhaal says. “I can feel it. It has to feel real. Otherwise it’s a waste of time.”
And from another account of a SXSW roundtable, we get a flattering perspective on Jake:
On opening night of South by Southwest 2011, Duncan Jones’ Source Code celebrated its world premiere with a packed house at the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin. There was an electricity in the room, and most of it was buzzing about the arrival of Jake Gyllenhaal, the star of the film and the object of affection for more than a few of the females present.
A brouhaha in the bathroom, where a patron tried to snap a picture of Gyllenhaal at the urinal, circulated quickly and became legend, but you wouldn’t notice a hint of hesitation from the actor when he strutted to his seat on the aisle and kindly addressed the adorations of nearby fans. I was sitting rather close (I must have photo-bombed a hundred Facebook pictures), so I had a front row seat for the uncharacteristic nuttiness over this 30-year-old.
Which is why I was thrown when Gyllenhaal sat down with us the following day for an interview and he had ditched the confident swagger of a major celebrity. A charmer and a jokester, without a doubt, but Gyllenhaal was also equal part Donnie Darko, slouched with an uncomfortable shyness, and spoke with an eloquent intelligence you might not expect from an actor best known for his glistening Prince of Persia pecs and tough guy roles.
You spend half the movie with an actress and then the other half by yourself. How was that? Because this is the first time you’ve been isolated like that, you know, besides Bubble Boy.
Jake Gyllenhaal: Right, I guess there’s a similarity there. [laughs]
Michelle Monaghan had more nice words about Jake in the Hollywood Reporter:
From a professional standpoint, he cares so much about the integrity of the script and the story. He puts his best foot forward every single day.”
“And on a personal note, I had so much fun. He’s super nice, he’s fun, he’s charming, and he doesn’t take anything too seriously and that’s like ace in my book,” she adds. “I promise all the girls out there: He’s a dream.”
Finally, a belated but heartfelt Happy Birthday to FL, from all of us and Jake's eyeballs: