Thursday, September 27, 2012

ALMA Jaker

The ALMA Awards were shown last week, and I completely missed them. Let's make up for that now.

Jake gets his flirt on:

ALMA Awards red carpet by GyllenBabble

Jake loves America. Ferrera, that is:

ALMA Awards MUN2 by GyllenBabble

Jake and Michael present:

Stuff white people like:

People End of Watch review and quick interview with Jake:

Great American Cinematographer article about Roman Vasyanov, End of Watch's cinematographer. It's very jargony, but there are some nice bits about Jake and Michael. But lots of spoilery photos!

Can Jake write his own ticket?

Anna likes scruffy Jake:

People chronicles Jake's changing look:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

More Heinz Tomato

Catch up, that is. Too much to organize, too little time. Forgive another inelegant hodgepodge post.

Jake and Michael interviewed by Ben Lyons: Don't talk about my mom like that!

The whole gang:

Awkward hugging:

USA Today published a wonderful profile of Jake. They interviewed him back in New York after the L.A. premiere of End of Watch. Some snippets:

"So is Gyllenhaal anything like his character, a man both brashly confident and sweetly true-blue?

Pena says what's most endearing about Gyllenhaal is how family-oriented he is, and how much he adores his mother, screenwriter Naomi Foner, and sister, Maggie. And how he's willing to help everyone be on their A-game, including Pena -- who admittedly was out of shape before shooting started.
"He's a complicated dude, to be honest. He's really, really smart. He can be goofy at times, but his mind is always going, going, going," says Pena. "He goes on these epic jogs. He called me up and said, 'Let's go for a run.' And there's paparazzi shots of us. He's running all stealth and all you see is me dying. Meanwhile, Jake is like, 'Whatever.' "

Not exactly. Those who know the actor praise his dedication, and his unwillingness to cut corners. During the Watch shoot, Pena recalls how Gyllenhaal would step in and help him navigate difficult scenes. "Good things happen to those who are in movies with Jake. He's proud of that fact. He's pretty selfless in that regard, and he wants you to kill it," says Pena. "There were a couple of times I wasn't doing very well, he'd pull me aside and tell me, 'Dude, do you remember that thing you did in rehearsal? Do that.' His motivation comes from a good place." ...

Gyllenhaal isn't the first name on the poster promoting the play. Nor does he view himself as the star of it. "He chose a really interesting ensemble play," says director Michael Longhurst. "He's obsessive about making this production as good as it can be."

His character, says Gyllenhaal, is "thinking and doesn't say what he thinks and he feels the thoughts connecting. His desperation to communicate some kind of honesty, I fell in love with that. It's a high-energy role, so it requires a tremendous amount of focus and attention. To be able to do what I love the most is the best. It gives me energy."

Yes, you want to roll your eyes at Gyllenhaal's unabashed exhilaration and all that talk about work ethic. But there's the real sense that he means every word. "Honestly, I love waking up in the morning knowing that I'll be on stage and feel like you're part of this history of storytelling. I walk home every night," he says with a smile.

"We have a new generation. My sister and I aren't the youngest ones anymore. All those things came together in my life," Gyllenhaal says. "It's really cool to see my niece now because she really helps out. There's this video that Peter sent me the other day. My older niece was playing with my younger niece. She would turn around and surprise her, and my younger niece was so in love with her. It gave me a perspective on how much I probably felt the same way about my sister, and I do still. That stuff never goes away."

Gyllenhaal babysits, but not as much as he probably should. " I was in L.A. for the premiere, and they were all together here last night. My niece is a little sick right now because she just started school again. I felt really torn -- maybe I'm a bit of a mess, but there's this family in this movie that I didn't want to leave and I was talking to my family on the phone and thinking how much I missed them and loved them and wanted to be with them. I watched Brave on the plane on my way to Los Angeles, and all I could think about was my niece because that's her favorite movie," he says.

And if that's not enough to win you over, Gyllenhaal also is adept behind the stove and is a foodie, in the non-annoying sense. John Lesher, who produced End of Watch and became close friends with Gyllenhaal, says the actor "always knows where to get the best food and the best cup of coffee. He cooks -- I went to Seder dinner at his mom's place and he made all the food, which was spectacular. He made brisket and all kinds of stuff. He's very in touch with his Jewish side. He's always questioning everything. He's not neurotic. If he's going to do something, he's going to do it well."

He's curious and focused, adroitly discussing post-traumatic stress syndrome and the effect it has on those exposed to violence on a regular basis, like police officers. "He's interested in everything going on in the world. You're meeting Jake for dinner and then you're sitting with K'naan, this Somali poet musician. You never know with Jake where something is going. Or you're with his mom and his niece and making dinner and talking about the issues of the day. He's a very decent person, which goes a long way," says Lesher.

Jake's Vogue article. If you embiggen, you can sort of read it :)

Nice interview with Jake on opening night of If There Is:

Fan photos - haven't had these in a while!

Jake with Elliot Ross, a photographer who works with Mark Seliger. From the Details shoot:

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Catching up

It's neck-and-neck weekend, but Jake and the rest of the End of Watch gang are enjoying a stronger than expected performance at the box office.

We wont know until tomorrow, so in the meantime, let's catch up on all the interviews and stories we missed during this hectic week.

Jake on the best day of his career so far:

The Wrap

Jake and Michael have each other's back:

Jake and Michael spar:

On being typecast:

Five Reasons To See EoW

Making Of:

Jake Gyllenhaal Interview by MakingOf

Jake and Michael prepare:

Michael's plan for Jake: Both sides of the camera: On crashing the car: David Ayer on Jake: My new favorite reporter asks Jake for details! OF course, he does repeat himself a bit, but there's some new stuff in there, too. Funny Anna Kendrick interview: Jake Gyllenhaal is great in this movie. He’s also got a great bald head. Did you touch his head a lot? I touched his head a lot. There is this scene at the end of the movie where I found myself touching his head a lot. I was like what is happening, why am I doing that? I like to see him all hairy again, it looks like a completely different person, but I like him scruffy. Yeah, what is it about bald heads that makes them so touchable? I don't know. I was doing it in that one scene but actually when I saw him at the premiere, the first thing I did was scratch his beard. I think I am more of a beard girl myself. From the NY Daily News: New York's Finest say gritty cop film 'End of Watch' is dead ringer for their lives on the beat/Cops say L.A.-based film starring Jake Gyllenhaal captures banter and brotherhood rarely conveyed on screen Jake is made an honorary Latino: Jake, you're an honorary Latino now. You do the Mexican zapateo dance in the film and I saw you at the ALMA Awards red carpet. You held your own!
JG: Am I an honorary Latino? Wait, no. Really? Are you just saying that? Cause I take that very seriously, so don't just throw that out there.
I declare you, as of this moment, an honorary Latino.
JG: Can you do that?
Of course I can. I can do anything I want!
JG: Ok. Wow, thank you…
How does it feel to be embraced by the community?
JG: It's really amazing. I've now had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented Latino actors and be completely immersed in the culture at times. It was an honor to even be let into the world, you know. We used to joke on set, 'I bet you get to present at the ALMA Awards after you do this movie' and then I did! So I have to say it was a real honor for me and to be with him there at the ALMA's, with him not being embarrassed to be seen with me.
MP: Not at all! He's such a good buddy and such a good person at heart that I'm glad he came. He fully embraced it, too. There are some things you do because you're an actor, but he was genuinely into it, asking questions. He was really interested.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Take a bow

Congratulations to the If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet company on a successful opening night.


The raw pain of a teenage girl is not an easy thing to witness, and scribe Nick Payne makes no attempt to sugarcoat the anguish in his blistering domestic drama, "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet." But a compassionate production from ardent director Michael Longhurst -- one with committed perfs from selfless thesps Jake Gyllenhaal, Brian F. O'Byrne, and Michelle Gomez and a brave turn from young Annie Funke -- can provide the dubious comfort of a bloodletting. ...

The only person with the slightest inkling of what it feels like to be an outcast like Anna is George's younger brother, Terry, a jumped-up, juiced-up, totally screwed-up good-for-nothing with the good sense to know that he's good for nothing. Terry has a keen and incredibly snide sense of humor as far as his brother is concerned. "How about weed?" he asks, when George delivers one of his endlessly boring lectures about the environmental impact of petrol and cheeseburgers and lattes and everything else under the sun. "What's the carbon footprint of a joint?"

No wonder Anna loves her bad-boy uncle, as do we all. They speak the same language because they feel the same pain. In Gyllenhaal's wonderfully manic, crazy-like-a-fox perf, it's fairly obvious that Terry, no less than Anna, is one of those endangered species being pushed off the edge of the planet. Unless, of course, they manage to spit out the indigestible garbage that people like George keep trying to shove down their throats. ...

Bloomberg News

It’s raining buckets onstage in Nick Payne’s “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.”

No amount of slosh can dampen Jake Gyllenhaal’s U.S. stage debut as a foul-mouth prodigal who wreaks havoc on his brother’s troubled home. It’s a free-wheeling performance of high comic energy and rude bombast unmatched since Mark Rylance masticated the scenery in another British import, “Jerusalem.”

Like that play, “If There Is” has a ramshackle plot and a lot on its mind, the disparate elements of which float maddeningly in and out of view over the course of one long act. ...

New York Times

Amiable, scruffy, erratic, well-intentioned, full of promise and self-sabotaging — such is the nature of Terry, the stoner character with which the movie star Jake Gyllenhaal has chosen to make his very creditable New York stage debut. Such is also the nature, for better or worse, of the play in which he appears. ...

It’s the relationship between Terry and Anna, though, that gives the play its strongest emotional heat. When Anna is suspended from school (for head-butting another student), Terry, who has shown up on his big brother’s doorstep, effectively becomes Anna’s nanny for a couple of weeks. And the production daringly flirts with a nascent — and somehow natural — eroticism between the affection-starved girl and her alarmed uncle.

Onstage, Mr. Gyllenhaal — who has starred in genre-spanning films ranging from “Brokeback Mountain” to “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” — is winningly at ease as he plays an uncomfortable character. His crablike sideways walk, his coherent mumbling (in a convincingly sustained British accent) and his shy yet confrontational gaze all speak persuasively of Terry’s uneasiness in navigating the new terrain of delayed-onset adulthood. ...

As a portrait of familial ambivalence, “If There Is” doesn’t approach the touching verisimilitude of “You Can Count On Me.” But it’s a perfectly palatable hors d’oeuvre in that it anticipates greater things to come from Mr. Payne, who has obviously since found the “it” that makes a first-rate playwright.

Associated Press

What if you're drowning in misery and nobody seems to care? The despair of being bullied is one theme of Nick Payne's clever, edgy domestic drama, "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet," about a British family that knows it's falling apart but can't seem to take action to stop it. ...

Without leaking too many details, wonderfully unexpected things happen with water and props in director Michael Longhurst's exciting, inventive staging. A delicate waterfall and a pool provide dramatic metaphors for the overwhelming unhappiness building within the central character, an overweight and bullied teenage girl named Anna whose family seems remarkably unable to figure out how to help her. ...

Anna's uncle Terry is played with zeal by Jake Gyllenhaal, extremely effective in his New York stage debut. George's charming but aimless younger brother bursts in on the family after a few years away. Gyllenhaal crackles with self-loathing and anger, as Terry hopes to mend a romance he destroyed. Terry takes a kindly interest in Anna and their friendship blossoms, but then he gets bogged down in typical poor decision-making, leaving Anna more despondent than before. ...

The combined inability of these three adults to understand and act upon the depth of Anna's growing misery sparks a cataclysmic situation, much like CO2 piling up in our atmosphere.

Kudos to Beowulf Boritt for set design, and to the whole production crew for creating major watery magic. Whether this family can pull themselves out of their troubled waters is another matter, but they're worth rooting for in this complex, compelling drama.


It’s clear that Nick Payne has a keen understanding of the minefield that is the human heart. His “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet” offers a rigorously unsentimental yet deeply empathetic portrait of a loving family in crisis. Director Michael Longhurst’s inventive abstract staging supports Payne beautifully, and the terrific Jake Gyllenhaal, sporting a flawless working-class regional English accent in his American stage debut, eschews a star turn to take his place in a top-flight four-person ensemble. It all makes for a riveting evening of theater.

Payne’s ear for speech is impressively acute, with the four disparate ways the characters speak revealing volumes about who they are, and the gifted company is flawlessly attuned to the rhythms. Gyllenhaal’s Terry is a profane rush of fractured syntax and dropped words and phrases, yet the actor makes every intention and meaning startlingly clear. He’s quite adept at negotiating Terry’s sudden shifts of temper and provides an intriguing mix of self-righteousness and lack of confidence. Brían F. O’Byrne is a pompous yet sympathetic George, whose halting, deliberate words and upper-class accent mark him as his own carefully constructed invention. Terry and George couldn’t be more different from each other, but in the hands of Gyllenhaal and O’Byrne they are completely believable siblings.

Michelle Gomez stresses Fiona’s strength, capability, and frustration, all qualities underscored by her clipped, precise diction and habit of speaking in well-formed sentences. Annie Funke has a symphony of silences as Anna—sullen, glowering, tentative, judgmental—when she isn’t pouring out rapid-fire teen-speak or landing a terse observation. Funke excels at simultaneously highlighting Anna’s vulnerability and fortitude.

Entertainment Weekly

Just about everything in British playwright Nick Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet is topical: There's a bullied plus-size 15-year-old named Anna (Annie Funke). Her clueless dad, George (Mildred Pierce's Brían F. O'Byrne), is a global-warming obsessive writing a book about the carbon footprint of everyday living. Her teacher mother, Fiona (Michelle Gomez), is distracted by her own mom's descent into Alzheimer's. And then there's Anna's ne'er-do-well uncle, whose chief claim to our attention may be the fact that he's played by Jake Gyllenhaal (in his New York stage debut). It's a suitably recessive role for the young movie star, who nails the slackerly aloofness (and British accent), if not the undercurrents of anger that would lead him to trash a romantic rival's car.

Director Michael Longhurst works overtime to make Payne's symbolism as literal as possible. There's a vast pool of water at the front edge of the stage at the Roundabout's Off Broadway Laura Pels Theatre into which the actors toss furniture and props as the play progresses, detritus meant to evoke the rising tides from melting polar ice caps. The climax offers a striking bit of stagecraft, but one that threatens to overwhelm the slender banks of Payne's story and the modest trajectories of his characters, so blinkered by their private fixations that they often fail to see the big picture. B

USA Today

No one could accuse Jake Gyllenhaal of taking the easy road in his American stage debut.

In Nick Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet ( * * out of four), the film star plays Terry, one of two brothers whose lives have taken different paths. Terry's elder sibling, George â?? played by the superb Brian F. O'Byrne â?? is a professor and obsessive environmentalist who lives with his wife and teenage daughter in an unspecified U.K town. ...

Gyllenhaal, who won acclaim on the London stage before becoming a marquee name, brings authenticity and generosity to his role in this ensemble work. His tortured but fundamentally decent Terry has an easy, endearing rapport with Funke's pitiable but plucky Anna.

Let's hope that he'll return to the theater — and with better material next time.

Theater Mania

Hollywood's Jake Gyllenhaal does not deliver a star turn in If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, at the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre. And that's a good thing. He is instead part of a solid ensemble of actors who breathe life into Nick Payne's quietly affecting drama. ...

It's into this environment that George's brother Terry (Gyllenhaal) arrives. A drifter with anger issues and a proclivity for foul language, Terry is an unlikely role model for Anna. And yet, the two develop a friendship that is complexly drawn by the playwright, and well played by the actors who suggest the possible improprieties in the uncle-niece relationship in both subtle and overt fashion.

Gyllenhaal's hangdog expressions are endearing, and his charged rapport with Funke makes their characters' connection to one another both believable and unsettling. For her part, Funke displays a good mixture of bravado and vulnerability. ...

Time Out New York

It looks as if a natural disaster hit the stage of the Laura Pels Theatre. Beowulf Boritt’s set of chairs, tables and other furniture is piled high in the center—blown there, or shored up by frantic survivors? And what’s with the trough of water at the edge of the stage—are we expecting a flood? Not far into Nick Payne’s brutally honest and tender family tale If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, you realize that the cause of this disorder isn’t a hurricane, but rather a man-made catastrophe. Using set changes that are both practical and neatly metaphoric, director Michael Longhurst shows that sometimes people with the highest ideals make the biggest messes. ...

Gyllenhaal is making his New York stage debut here, and it’s a beaut. Perfectly nailing a London drawl and exuding an air of rumpled, unwashed profanity leavened by flashes of wit and boyish ardor, he renders Terry an utterly vivid, laddish mensch. The cast surrounding Gyllenhaal is equally sensational, even though there’s no need to bolster the film star. Gomez is all weary, pinched compromise, and as the plus-size outcast, Funke earns our sympathy without resorting to cuteness or pathos. O’Byrne, too long absent from New York, gives a magnificently balanced performance. Gentle yet obtuse, deeply moral but impotent, his stammering George is a man who stands to gain the world, but could lose his family. The ending of this stirring, humane, insightful work suggests that perhaps we shouldn’t have to choose.

Curtain Up:

If there is a less likely vehicle and venue for a celebrity screen actor's American stage debut, it's a play at an Off-Broadway theater by a British playwright who's unknown to New York Theater goers. But that's exactly the play and place where Jake Gyllenhaal is making his first American stage appearance, at the same time his newest film, End of Watch, opens.

If Gyllenhaal thought this would allow him to avoid Broadway's post-show crowds wanting to have their programs signed, the mob outside the Laura Pells the night I was there says otherwise. Neither should Gyllenhaal's fans expect him to be the indisputable star of If There Is I Haven't Found It aYet. Though his character is the catalyst that gets the plot boiling in Nick Payne's grammatically incorrect and awkwardly titled dark comedy this is not a star vehicle. Each character of the 4-member ensemble is equally important in establishing the dysfunctional mom-dad-daughter (Michelle Gomez, Brian E. O'Byrne, Annie Funke) and uncle (Gyllenhaal) as symbols of the state of the world. ...

While all the performances are good, it's Annie Funke's Anna who breaks your heart and Gyllenhaal's Terry who is Payne's most compelling and complex character. Gyllenhaal is eminently watchable as he navigates between his character's potty-mouthed surface and his deeper feelings of anger, empathy and yearning.

More reviews:

Vogue: With If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, by the British playwright Nick Payne, Jake Gyllenhaal returns to the stage for the first time in a decade, not as a brazen leading man but as a scared, emotionally broken child of circumstance. ...

Gyllenhaal’s performance is detailed and controlled enough to bring such particulars to life, channeling the angry restlessness of a character who dreams big but can’t start to get started. With his hair matted into an unkempt ruff and his movements quick and skittish as a hungry animal’s in a dark larder, Terry is a frightened, quivering rodent of a beta male. Funke’s Anna, meanwhile, is his complement onstage, a beaten kid with an adult’s hard spine. ...

It’s a haunting image, and an apt one, too. From Anna’s painful encounters with bullies to Terry’s bad romance, virtually all of the trauma here happens offstage, making what we actually see a kind of wreckage: not the hot explosive center but its cooling shards. The detritus piles up. “Are we worth saving, if we’re not prepared to change?” George asks at one point, of his foundering eco-rescue effort. Perhaps the most shocking thing about Payne’s play is that his answer, if it comes at all, is chilly with ambivalence.

NY 1: The drama is compelling enough particularly with this cast. Brian F. O'Byrne and Michelle Gomez as loving but flawed parents are sublime. Annie Funke handles teen angst with shattering honesty and Jake Gyllenhaal in only his second stage appearance is extraodinary. Moment to moment this movie star's performance rivals the most seasoned Broadway professionals.

The title is apparently a response to the play's thematic question: Is our way of life worth preserving if we're not prepared to change? I can't answer that but I can say this compassionate and insightful drama, even with some missteps, is a keeper.

Hollywood Reporter: Jake Gyllenhaal had a London stage success in 2002 with Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, but until now the actor has never done theater in New York. It’s a pleasure to see him apply his mellow charisma to a minor-key ensemble role rather than marching into town full of star swagger. But Gyllenhaal’s choice of British playwright Nick Payne’s unremarkable If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet to make his Off Broadway debut is perplexing.

Newsday: We all live in at least two parallel universes, one personal and the other global. Or at least we do in "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet" -- Nick Payne's apocalyptic British domestic drama that, among other notable things, introduces Jake Gyllenhaal to the New York stage.

Gyllenhaal, currently also on-screen as an L.A. cop in "End of Watch," makes an admirable, low-key debut here as part of a four-character ensemble in which the people and story intentionally compete with the set. He plays Terry, the scruffy, sensitive but dangerously impetuous drifter who arrives unannounced to his obsessed, environmentalist brother's home and befriends his bullied, overweight teenage niece.

NY Post: Nick Payne’s family drama has garnered a lot of attention because it marks Jake Gyllenhaal’s New York theater debut. Spoiler alert: He and his English accent are perfectly fine. ...

Into this unhappy household comes George’s younger brother, the slackerish Terry (Gyllenhaal), who warms to his unhappy niece. Broody in a young James Dean kind of way — he rakes his hand through his hair a lot — Gyllenhaal has an appealing, fumbling romanticism.

He and O’Byrne also have a convincing relationship as estranged siblings with a shared inability to communicate with loved ones. ...

But as good as the actors are, they can’t conceal the fact that they’re playing clichés thrown into overly familiar situations. You can over-direct this Family Dysfunction 101 class all you want, but it just looks like someone wearing clothes three sizes too big.

New Jersey Newsroom: Movie hunk Jake Gyllenhaal ably makes his U.S. stage debut in “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,” a new drama about a troubled British family that literally proves to be all wet. ...

The unexpected arrival of the foul-mouthed, useless but rather adorable Terry for a visit more or less leads to the major family meltdown that inundates the stage. A scruffy man-child who is nursing long-term heartbreak, Terry is a juicy supporting role that a relaxed Gyllenhaal embodies agreeably enough, using plenty of arms-splaying gestures to indicate the character’s inability to verbally express himself.

In contrast to Gyllenhaal’s charming performance, O’Byrne looks subdued, Gomez seems sharp and Funke is inscrutable.

The playwright’s stuttering or fragmentary dialogue stresses the inarticulate nature of the characters whose tensions are compounded by their lack of communication. In some ways a surprisingly sophisticated drama by a promising young author (Payne was 25 when he wrote it), “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet” disappointingly subsides into a so-what conclusion following its splashy climax.

NY Daily News:

“If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet” is a small ensemble play getting a big profile boost from Jake Gyllenhaal.

Happily, the “Brokeback Mountain” Oscar nominee shows off sturdy stage chops in his New York theater debut.

He’s touching, funny and completely convincing as Uncle Terry, a scruffy man-boy chronically adrift, profane, bad with boundaries, but with a good heart. In short, Terry is far from perfect but likable.

The same goes for this 90-minute one-act by British playwright Nick Payne, an up-and-comer who puts his own spin on the popular topic of family dysfunction and durability.

Talkin Broadway: Gyllenhaal is terrific and ideally cast as Terry, playing the young man as an adult male version of Anna who's never been able to completely abandon his own insecurities. Nervous tics abound (he cannot keep his legs still, whether standing or sitting), and the swaggering confidence he displays is always undercut by the apparent belief that nothing about him is good enough to accept as is. It's a detailed, charismatic performance of exactly appropriate theatrical size, something not all movie stars prove capable of when treading the New York boards — his is an extremely impressive debut.

Some friends and family came out to see Jake on the stage:

Congratulations to Jake on two incredible pieces of acting premiering in two days. I hope he is enjoying this ride.

(Photos courtesy of Yahoo, NY Times and Walter McBride Photography.)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's opening night!

Break a leg to everyone involved in If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet!

Al Hirschfeld is no longer here to draw his famous theater portraits, but the tradition continues:

Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal is hitting the U.S. stage for the very first time in Nick Payne’s dark family comedy, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. Set in rainy London, the new play tells the story of Anna (played by Annie Funke), an overweight 15-year-old who, after getting no support from her preoccupied parents (Brian F. O’Byrne and Michelle Gomez), develops an unlikely friendship with her wild Uncle Terry (Gyllenhaal). resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robinson took a seat at off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre to watch the story unfold, then sketched a wistful family portrait of (from l.) O’Byrne, Funke, Gyllenhaal and Gomez. Check out Squigs’ latest masterpiece, then see the Roundabout Theatre Company production in a limited engagement through November 25!

The AP gives us a great look at the relationship between Jake and Brian:

Jake Gyllenhaal and Brian F. O'Byrne don't seem to have too much in common.

One is a 45-year-old Tony Award-winning Irish-born character actor and stage veteran. The other is a 31-year-old A-list movie star making his U.S. stage debut. But spend some time with them and you might swear they're related.

"He's like my older brother — that's how it feels," says Gyllenhaal, sitting beside O'Byrne in a comfy downtown cafe. "It feels like that in the scenes and it feels like that when we come offstage."

During the course of lunch, there is absolutely no ego on show. The actors goof on each other, share compliments and food. Gyllenhaal instantly worries about his co-star's comfort when the Irishman arrives at his outdoor table slightly sweaty.

"You guys want to go inside? There's a beautiful table over there. It would be cooler," Gyllenhaal asks. He then proceeds to expertly carry four filled water glasses to the new table and makes sure everyone is satisfied with the new area.

"He likes organizing things," O'Byrne teases.

"To have a first is a really wonderful thing. And to have a first with someone who is so wise and experienced is a blessing," says Gyllenhaal of O'Byrne. "It's an honor working on the stage with him."

O'Byrne responds with a mock insult — "He's a one-trick pony, beard or no beard" — and makes fun of Gyllenhaal's luscious head of hair. "Look at that hair! I mean, have you ever seen anything like it? I could eat it."

Eventually, the laugher dies down and O'Byrne grows earnest, asking Gyllenhaal to cover his ears while he says nice things. "To have somebody who's obviously at the top of his game, who comes to the stage with the freshness he does? You don't often get that," he says. "It's great fun."

"It's been a really wonderful thing to have Brian there to be able to guide us. Not only in scenes. Not only as a tremendous actor. But as somebody who I can turn to and say, 'Is this supposed to happen?' And he'll go, 'Yes, it's supposed to happen. And later it will be like this.'"

They've also since learned that the first show each saw on Broadway was the same — "Anything Goes" with Patti LuPone in the late 1980s. ("I, by the way, was 8; he was 40," Gyllenhaal jokes.) And they have learned that they are both actors who revel in the reality of scenes.

"He listens to my rants and he guides me and calms me down and also jacks me up," says Gyllenhaal. "It feels safe even within the danger of the moment."

Spoilerific video from the play:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

If There Is You Can See It

Our embarrassment of Jake Gyllenhaal riches yields an unexpected but delightful surprise, especially for anyone who won't be able to get to New York to see Jake on stage: A video sneak peek of Jake and the cast of If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet:

Definite spoilers for the play, especially Jake's accent. I wouldn't want to watch it until seeing the actual play, but what a treat!

The great stuff continues with this hilarious article about Jake and Michael Pena's relationship. My favorite part coincides niceley with this back-slapping, bro-hugging video:

After spending so much time together, the two actors have an easy rapport, finishing each others’ sentences, performing convincing imitations of one another and chuckling together at their in-jokes. In End of Watch, their dialog is spiced with a seemingly endless stream of “bros” and “dudes.” And unsurprisingly, Gyllenhaal and Peña are extremely partial to using the B and the D words for emphasis in conversation. Particularly Peña.

“‘Dude, dude, dude, dude, dude.’ He’s a big repeater of one word,” Gyllenhaal said of his movie foil. “‘Dude, dude, dude, dude, dude, dude, dude, bro, bro, bro, bro, bro, bro, bro, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!’”

The two roared with laughter.

And from RedEye Chicago:

Like their characters on screen, L.A. native Gyllenhaal and Pena have become close friends. But that bond didn't happen right away, according to writer/director Michael Ayer, who told MCT the actors were barely on speaking terms initially. They couldn't agree on anything, Pena has said. ...

Their friendship is apparent in how the actors now praise each other.

"Jake was awesome," Pena said. "He was like, ‘This is our movie.' You don't always get that. He's a friend now for life. He wanted me to do the best that I could possibly do. That does something to your psyche. He really took care of me."

Watching Pena rock his role is one of the things Gyllenhaal liked most about the job. He described Pena's performance as "absolutely compelling and inspired."

"For us that partnership, becoming brothers and coming from two different places definitely as people, was key," said Gyllenhaal, who also executive produced the film. "It took us a while to become close, but we are really incredibly close now.

Ask Men:

Under Jake's skin:

The whole gang again here.

Update with a bunch of videos:

Jake and Michael talk about using the camera - some different stuff here:

Michael on how the movie changed Jake:

Another Jake interview:

End Of Watch - Interview met Jake Gyllenhaal by HitFix

Audio interview with Jake - 17 minutes:

At about the 10-minute point, the interviewer asks him for a funny story about Heath. Jake seems caught off guard and can say only "I miss him."

Jake wasn't street smart. Hope they'll put up the longer interview here. But check out the Michael Pena interview to see him achieve a lifelong dream.

And in case you missed it or want to see it again, Jake talks dance moves:

There's another clip there where Jake talks about going bald for his craft.

(Video courtesy of Broadway World and Roundabout Theatre.)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Role Play

A little something different: Jake in the October issue of Vogue:

"Jake's got incredible charisma," says director Michael Longhurst, "but he's also got an edge.

Jake Gyllenhaal didn't have time to bask in the afterglow of last night's hugely successful L.A. premiere for End of Watch. But we can.

Jake after the film:

E o W premiere L A by GyllenBabble

Jake greets Anna Kendrick:

Jake with fans and then greeting people on the red carpet:

Michael on Jake's sixth sense and Anna on Jake's protectiveness:

Jake on why he loved the script (something a little different):

Michael and David on Jake, plus Jake on Jake:

Jake with a very animated Manny the Movie Guy:

Extra with Ben Lyons at the premiere:

Jake doesn't want to trade acting for police work:

Premiere Vibe:

E! on the red carpet:

Jake on the Ryan Seacrest radio show:

Premiere party people

Monday night brought the Los Angeles premiere of End of Watch. Jake Gyllenhaal has said that filming the movie made him fall in love with LA all over again.

Reviews of the move have been overwhelmingly positive, and everyone involved in the movie and attending seemed to be enjoying their moment in the LA sun.

Okay, not everyone was laughing!

Dude, @aliciamalone. This pic doesn't do him justice, but Jake was looking amaz at the #EndOfWatch premiere.

Videos of the red carpet at Getty Images (more at that source), here, here (Governator in the background), here and here:

Man, I couldn't take that pressure!

Interview with David, Jake and Michael:

CS: When you're on set, do you still have to block stuff? How much of it is actually being filmed by either Jake or Michael?
Ayer: Yeah, I mean, typically in any given scene, especially sort of an action situation or arriving on a call, there'd always be a version of the scene where they'd be wearing the cameras. As we got into it, there's a point where I gave them all monitors so they could watch the monitors and give you little better shots, which is my concession of them and I guess the movie because I was like, a purest and, no, they're going to get what they get. It'll be great. But, it was fascinating because you learn that there's rules on filmmaking, there's rules on editing and there's rules on how movies are supposed to work. Through this process and through the work of my brilliant editor, Dody Dorn, I mean, we discovered that there kind of are no rules and you can juxtapose image and mood and energy in really nontraditional ways. You know, but there are scenes in the movie that Jake shot entirely.

CS: Did he get a camera credit or is there union stuff you gotta deal with?
Ayer: Well, the big joke is like, "Hey, two more days and we'll get you in a union," but mean, it's funny because I don't know what the rules are. I mean, I hope I didn't break them, and I apologize if I did. (Laughs) But, it's sort of a brave new world in that regard.

Jake talks to PopSugar about being nervous and being a director:

Jake and David Ayer interviewed in Toronto - this one is a little different. No 5PM to 5AM :)


Jake and Michael interviewed together:

Jake with Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcettii, who plays the LA mayor in End of Watch.