Tuesday, December 4, 2012
West End Boy
While in London to promote End of Watch, Jake Gyllenhaal also sat down to discuss his American and British stage debuts.
Treading the boards of a New York stage may be new to Jake Gyllnehaal, but that doesn't mean he isn't comfortable up there. In 2002, he starred on London's West End in a revival of Kenneth Lonergan's, 'This is Our Youth'. For his troubles he picked up an award for Best Newcomer. "That was an American play over in England, and this is an English play over in America, so now I've mirrored it in one way or another", Gyllenhaal said. The 31-year Oscar-nominee's current onstage role is in 'If There Is, I Haven't Found It Yet'. In the play, he adopts a very convincing English accent to play a slacker with a puppy dog's heart who shows up on his brother's doorstep.
That's Jake with T4 presenter Jameela Jamil. The T4 interview hasn't shown up on video yet, but you can hear Jake interviewed on Xfm. Skip to about 2:40.
Jake was also interviewed by British GQ. The interview cleverly uses Jake's stock EoW soundbites in his first question. And asks a couple of new ones:
You've talked previously about the gallows humour of the cops you rode with. What was the worst thing they made a joke about?
Michael [Peña] and I were on patrol with two sheriffs and they got a call to go down this alleyway. They whispered to us that they could hear something moving and drew their guns. Instinctively Michael and I began to fall back - if there's potential for anyone to pull a gun, the situation isn't a whole lot of fun, especially when you don't have one yourself. All of a sudden we heard gunshots go off. We soon realised they had set fireworks off. They had totally messed with us - faked the call, rigged the alleyway - and we were freaking out that we were in some firefight! I guess it meant we weren't so shocked in the future, but it was still a little embarrassing.
Kudos to Nick Carvell for finding a new angle!
More from the AP with Jake: