The Brokeback legacy continues. The entwined shirts of Jack and Ennis, which symbolise both loss and love, have become iconic. As such, it seems fitting that they should be displayed in an exhibition designed to explore and mark the 'LGBT community’s contribution to the West and the Western genre.'
'Two cowboy shirts worn by actors Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in the movie Brokeback Mountain are heading to The Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The two shirts have been intertwinded to represent "the struggle between heritage and acceptance in gay cowboy culture."'
A good cause
Jake Gyllenhaal is putting his green fingers to good use. The LA Times reports that a number of schools in Los Angeles are planting gardens and Jake, already known for his involvement with the Green Schools Initiative, is a mentor for one such project.
'The Environmental Media Assn. and Yes to Carrots have partnered with LAUSD to sponsor 10 new school garden projects, one of which will be at Saturn Elementary in L.A.. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal will be their mentor, and architect Rogerio Carvalheiro, who worked on the Getty Villa and Union Station, will work pro bono on the design. Once completed this fall, they hope to add a "scratch kitchen," where children will prepare the food they grow.' Teaching children about the environment and healthy living in a practical and outside setting is a great cause for Jake to be involved with.
Nailed out 2010?
The actor David Ramsey has just been interviewed about his role in the TV series Dexter but David was also asked about another recent role of his, that of Rep. Harshtone in Nailed. 'You mentioned the film Nailed with Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal. What can you tell us about that film and your role in it? "Catherine Keener, myself and Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman, play kind of the group of nemeses for Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s a political satire. And it was a lot of fun. We shot it over a year ago in Columbia, South Carolina and again, it’s another charactery role where I kind of get to play. David O. Russell directed it and he let me play. I’ve been fortunate to get to work with directors that let me play.."'
And the all-important question: 'Do you know when Nailed will come out? "Nailed is supposed to be out hopefully next year."' Hopefully indeed.
Meanwhile, film and sports sites are now reporting that Jake's role is confirmed for the Joe Namath biopic due to its appearance on IMDb. However, while any news on this is good news, it's worth bearing in mind that IMDb is simply reflecting information about the project which has been on IMDbPro for quite some time. And there has been no update there. But it is good to see a buzz about any project of Jake's. One can also hope that such projects - including Nailed - may get a bit of a boost from all the PoP exposure (and I use the word in every sense!).
Includes pictures from IHJ and links.