Thursday, March 6, 2014
Surrounded by the Enemy
The Enemy push continues with another behind-the-scenes featurette, as well as a few Jake Gyllenhaal interviews. First up, a podcast for CBC radio's Q with Jian Khomeshi.
In January, Jake traveled to Toronto to screen Enemy at the Canada Top Ten festival. He also taped an interview for George Stromboulopoulos Tonight:
Jake recently called Vanity Fair to discuss Enemy and working with Denis Villeneuve:
One of your characters is a professor, the other is a self-absorbed actor. Which character did you relate to more?
Is this a trick question?! I felt more comfortable playing the [professor] Adam character because he was sort of the protagonist, the one in my mind whom I wanted to succeed. And I wanted Anthony’s wife to end up with Adam ultimately. With Anthony [the actor], sadly, maybe he came to me more naturally given my own profession. But I always found myself intimidated while playing him. If he walked in a room, he would not take no for an answer. If Adam walked into the room, he would immediately resign himself to the “no” answer and then apologize for even asking. So in a way, Anthony is an easier character to play because there is a forward momentum.
The latest Enemy featurette delves into the mind of director Denis Villeneuve:
This story from Italy names Jake as the lead in Everest. Probably just an assumption; the Italian press seems to focus on Jake as the most famous member of the cast. The story also doesn't say who these people are with Jake. I think the guy with the bead is Michael Kelly. Pardon the bad google translation, especially in the food section:
The Sherpas. The bulky crew, made up of 180 people from all over the world, enjoyed the hotels in the valley, as well as the food and, of course, wine. Eleven Sherpas came to South Tyrol for shooting straight from Nepal, supported by a group of six security personnel from New Zealand. To be part of this international team also about 60 South Tyroleans worked as location manager, assistant director and costumers for the production staff, drivers, guides and extras. They were joined by carpenters, electricians, seamstresses and ski instructors.
Production. The "control center", as busy as a beehive, was in Maso Corto, where they were available to the production with 32 telephone lines. The team stayed in Schnalstal, divided among a dozen hotels and lodges and everyone was able to enjoy the special hospitality and kindness of the Valley, especially the delicious delicacies prepared by our chefs. They especially appreciated the roast chamois Goldenen Kreuz, the Keiserschmarrn and sushi Goldenen Rose, as well as the roast rabbit dell'Oberrainlhof enjoyed by the Sherpas. Paul Grüner's "Goldenen Rose" from Certosa was in charge of the catering for the set workers on the glaciers; up to 400 meals per day were transported and consumed there.
Shooting: … The outside temperature on the glacier was several degrees below zero, the wind and heavy snow put a strain on man and machine. "The continuous changes in the weather gave us quite a hard time in recent weeks," said the producers. As soon as we decided to shoot in a particular place and we had moved all the necessary equipment, the weather changed and we had to rearrange everything. Fortunately, our team was experienced and professional to be able to keep up with any unexpected events."
Difficulties: But professionals are seen also, and especially, in these conditions: the actors are dressed as if they were really on Everest and have continued their work. "During the making of other films, the stars are taken on the set by limo; here we arrive by cable car or chairlift. ... A major challenge for this production was logistics: all the equipment was transported with snowmobiles and helicopters, up to a warehouse built at 3,000 meters high.
#TBT October Sky
I think I was 10 years old and hanging out on the movie set October Sky with Jake Gyllenhaal #tbt #octobersky #jakegyllenhaal #petrostn #coalfield #morgancounty
Throwback Thursday to the day I asked Jake Gyllenhaal, "excuse me, could we take a picture with you?"
#tbt #jakegyllenhaal #globalwarmingawareness #iqaluit #nunavut
(Happy Sad Confused photo with/from MTV's Josh Horowitz.)