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.
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.)