Friday, November 16, 2012
There's been a flurry of Jake Gyllenhaal press this week. The Los Angeles Times did a profile in their Contenders section.
We started off by noting you're in your 30s. Where are you in your 60s?
Hopefully alive. (Laughs.) Hopefully with a family, hopefully as a father, with a family I can be proud of, which will most likely be a mess of one. If you're asking me if I see my career or whatever — well, there are so many talented people out there, so many people who have, as Jay-Z says, "genius-level talent." I don't want to be presumptuous enough to say I'd still be doing what I do in 30 years. But I would like to be.
GoldDerby posted an 18-minute video chat with Jake Gyllenhaal, in which Jake talks about making End of Watch and starring in If There Is I Haven't Found It yet.
After several weeks in the role, he has more than 80 performances under his belt – the show closes on December 23 – but he says he only recently settled into the conceptually challenging play: "I have to say I don't think I found the play until two shows ago … I think we finally have a show that we understand."
Jake mentions the show they did for an audience of high school students and how much he learned from their response to the play, as well as their questions at the Q&A.
But he enjoys the challenge of live theater and hopes for another chance to return to the stage. He also appreciates the rare comfort of having "a consistent job … at 7:30 every night, I have a job, which as an actor is a pretty great feeling."
Jake confirms that he has a new gig after the play, confirming Prisoners.
The press coincides with the imminent release of End of Watch in the UK, as well as the start of awards season. It's nice to see Open Road making a campaign for EoW.
From a Glamour UK interview with Anna Kendrick:
G: What was it like working closely with Jake?
A: "He's incredible. I think he really has a knack for understanding other actors and what they need and he's incredibly supportive and he was really protective of me on set... And, you know, in this lovely way, where life kind of imitates art, the first scene I shot with him was the scene when I meet his friends for the first time, and it really felt like I was meeting my boyfriend's friends because they had been working together for a really long time and I really felt like I had to prove myself to them, and at the same time Jake felt like he really had to watch out for me so, yeah, it was really lovely."
This video has many familiar answers, but there's a moment where the lights go out - hadn't seen that in an interview before!
Canary Wharf incorporates a lot of old quotes but a new bit, as well:
He resurfaced in Clerkenwell, skulking around Exmouth Market, black baseball cap pulled low, engulfing collar pulled up round the ears. Was he shooting a new movie; working on a new play; charming a local lovely? Actually, he was filming a bizarre music video for obscure indie noise The Shoes, where he was documented liaising with hipsters in East London.
"It really just seemed like the right thing to do at the time," he drawls in a slightly nasally Pacific Coast twang. "I wasn't really looking to do anything for a couple of months but the band are friends of friends and had put together a great treatment for a video shoot in London. I said, 'can I do it with you?' and that's really all I did for a while—I did that promo, and then hung out a lot, just reading, watching the world go by. It was nice."
Vote for Jake in the Dramatic Actor category for the People's Choice Awards.