Monday, November 19, 2012
'Tis the season
Jake is being honored tonight by New Eyes for the Needy:
New Eyes for the Needy celebrates 80 years of empowering children and adults in the United States and overseas with the improved vision they need to pursue a better quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities. Please join us in saluting Jake Gyllenhaal as a lifelong supporter, ambassador and fundraiser for New Eyes.
What's that? It's the smell of Oscar season. And IndieWire's Anne Thompson puts Jake in consideration:
Of all the dark horse Oscar hopefuls this year, none deserves more consideration than Jake Gyllenhaal for his role as an LA cop in David Ayer's "End of Watch." It's such a competitive year for leading actors that I hope this performance in a this well-reviewed indie film will be seen. Critics groups may give it some attention.
Major movie stars have a hint of danger about them; Gyllenhaal, who hits 32 in December, is one of many boyish American leading men who are earning gravitas as they age. "End of Watch" marks Gyllenhaal's finest and most aggressively mature work to date.
Anne Thompson: You're on a roll: you got your best reviews to date for your latest film 'End of Watch' as well as your off-Broadway play 'If There Is, I Haven't Found It Yet.'
Jake Gyllenhaal: I don't read them. I find it overwhelming; the stage work is still alive, so those type of things get in your head. It's best not to think in terms of that, it ends up affecting you, whether it's good or bad. So I stay away and do my work.
AT: Did you make a recent change in your approach to choosing projects?
JG: It was a perfect storm of a lot of things happening. The reality of life itself was hitting me hard, at 30. It was not a calculation. I had spent the majority of my 20s blessed by being able to work consistently. I grew up thinking I understood the business of making movies. I got to a point where I said, 'What do I want my life be? It's about more than career.' So I don't put my career before my life anymore.
It's a great read, so check out the rest.
Two Oscar hopefuls in InStyle:
"There's no one I'd rather be stuck in a car with than Michael."
If you've always wanted to hear Jake say the word "flatulence," now's your chance: