Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Splitting the Adam

Jake Gyllenhaal photographed on the Toronto set of An Enemy. Jake appeared to be bak in character as Adam, the history teacher. He also shot scenes with Melanie Laurent.

Apparently the costume department spent so much on the leather jacket for Anthony that they couldn't find pants that fit Jake. Or they're just letting him wear his own and taking them in.

I'm with Flash (or whatever the costume guy's name is). Those sneakers are wretched. Do what you can, Flash!

Caption This:

No one gets in here without the secret password!

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Jake Gyllenhaal's last movie character took over the body of a history reacher. Last week, we saw shots of Jake in character, as a history teacher, for his new movie. Today, Jake was spotted filming scenes on a Toronto streetcar. He just can't get away from public transportation!

Jake in animated discussion with director Denis Villeneuve:

Set report from Mr. Will-W:

Today's filming saw Gyllenhaal and Laurent on a Streetcar, then following her to her Office in hot pursuit. The Film Crew took several precautions to protect their Talent and Gyllenhaal was veiled by not one, but two umbrellas. Fans watched across-the-street in awe as he ran through multiple takes, snapping Photos with their Cell Phones.

(Photos courtesy of IHJ.)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ready? Set. Go!

Those were the orders for many Torontonians or visitors to the city, as Jake Gyllenhaal began filming An Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve. Jake was papped on the set by pros and fans alike, and took some time to take photos with a few folks.

Jake was also seen last night outside Kultura Restaurant:

Pathé International was also ready to go in Cannes, closing distribution deals for An Enemy in several markets. Thanks to Gyllencrazy for the link to their slate:

Again thanks to GC, here's the poster in their Cannes office.

Looking forward to the "gripping, mysterious, psychological thriller" on set and in theaters.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Last lazy Sunday?

Jake Gyllenhaal photos in NYC on Sunday afternoon before leaving for Toronto. Filming begins this week on his new movie, An Enemy. Jake was spotted at dinner with the director, Denis Villeneuve.

Jake out and about in Toronto on Monday:

(NYC photos courtesy of the Daily Mail.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Street signs

The New York Times interviewed End of Watch director David Ayer about making a movie in his home town.

For Mr. Ayer the streets of Los Angeles are something of an addiction. He lived on them for a time, having been thrown out of the house by his parents, he said. Later he began to write his experiences into stories during service on an attack submarine in the Navy.

He put aside his fear of being type-cast as the go-to guy for the Los Angeles police genre to pursue what he now calls “the ultimate cop movie.” It aims to transcend clichés that have piled up over the years, he explained, by portraying a pair of local patrol officers, played by Mr. Gyllenhaal and Mr. Peña, who are not crazed or corrupt. Instead they bring fierce mutual loyalty and an unexpected sweetness to their pursuit of goodness in a bad world.

The shock value in “End of Watch” lies as much in its intimacy as in its insider’s look at Mr. Ayer’s own streets.

Those streets, he said, have become more stable through the years, as a cellphone culture took drug dealers off the corners, and the police force began to mirror the city’s changing ethnic makeup, with more Hispanic and Asian officers. Even the term “South Central,” stigmatized by crime, is now out of vogue; Mr. Ayer shot in a zone known as Newton.

There are easier places to film. But, Mr. Ayer said, “the street signs would be wrong.”

On the first of his many police ride-alongs, Mr. Gyllenhaal said in a telephone interview, the squad car arrived on the scene of a drug dealer’s murder. Later Mr. Gyllenhaal and Mr. Peña endured a controlled burn by fire officials in Orange County, in order to acquire what Mr. Ayer calls “muscle memory” that would help them to play a scene in a flaming house.

In an unusual exercise with live ammunition, the actors learned to shoot past each other in what proved to be a lesson less in police tactics than in bonding.

“This guy has my life in his hands for real,” Mr. Gyllenaal recalled thinking. “I realized, I finally knew what we were dealing with.” (Mr. Ayer said the actors were “safe all the time” during the exercise at a training ground in Burbank.)

Let's hope they keep up this level of PR for EoW.

(Photos courtesy of IHJ. EoW gif courtesy go Gyllenhaalism.)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Code Four

End of Watch writer-director David Ayer tells Yahoo that Jake Gyllenhaal prepared so well for his role as an LAPD cop that he fooled real police officers:

He said that the movie's "found footage" shooting style required the camera crew to stay out of sight while Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, who plays his partner, performed their scenes. Ayer said, "There were times where Jake and Mike are in uniform in a marked police vehicle," and there were no cameras to indicate a movie was being filmed.

Ayer recalled, "Cops in LA will do a hand sign with four fingers to say 'everything's good.' Jake threw a 'Code Four' at some LAPD cops rolling by and they threw a 'Code Four' back. I don't think they had any idea it was Jake Gyllenhaal!"

"Jake put his heart and soul into the training," Ayer said. "There are a thousand subtle things cops do, and I wanted Jake to have the body language and presence of an LAPD officer." Ayer called the training process "months and months of blood, sweat and tears, and it enabled Jake and Mike to be so believable together."

Ayer stated that even the film's shooting style -- where all of the footage comes from sources like cell phone and security cameras -- is inspired by reality. "Everybody films everything in their lives these days," Ayer said, "Even the bad guys!" As a result, Gyllenhaal and Peña were required to not only be convincing cops, but also cameramen. Ayer said, "A couple scenes are entirely Jake's camera work. He got pretty good by the end!"

The official Facebook page for End of Watch.

Clearly, Jake and Michael spent a lot of time and effort with professionals from the force. But where do you think Jake went to dancing boot camp?

(Dancing gif from Yillenhoolahay. Top photo courtesy of IHJ.)