The postman may have delivered my Prince of Persia: Book of the Film book today (see actual cover below) but is there time to read it? Oh no... Tempting as it is to curl up and read along with 6th-century Persian exploits and daring-do, I thought I'd make the sacrifice and instead look at the newly-released pictures of Jake Gyllenhaal with his shirt off.
Please note the use of accessories, the careful attention to detail with the trim of the boots, the intricate hair beads, and the range of headgarb that can be seen on the observers.
Gemma Arterton has been talking to Radio 1 and, apart from impressing on the interviewer that she is not marrying a stuntman, she has something to say about PoPstar Jake: 'Jake was a very, very funny guy. He's really nice. He's quite serious when it comes to his work. He works hard and he is a perfectionist. But he likes to make jokes and he's fun. He's funny. And he is fit, of course.' If you can draw your eyes away from the extraordinary attention to detail in the costumes of the crowd in these pictures, I think you may agree.
We have some more details from the Disney day at Leicester Square in London's West End yesterday, at which a screening of PoP was introduced by Mike Newell. Although Mike has always said that Jake was his first choice, he was pushed to give examples of others who were considered, albeit briefly. They included James McAvoy and Ben Barnes. I do remember that Orlando Bloom was also once attached. But say Prince of Persia to me now and I cannot imagine a soul other than Jake Gyllenhaal filling those sturdy incredible boots.
Source Code has wrapped! Duncan Jones tweeted today: 'Well, just wanted to let you know, ITS ONLY OUR LAST BLOODY DAY OF SHOOTING!!! Now...where to take Ro for hols? Im thinking... Blackpool!' Ro is a lucky lady (especially if she likes trams and ballroom dancing). More details at ManMadeMovies. Congratulations to Duncan and the cast and crew!
Source Code may be in the can but, unfortunately, we can't say the same thing for another highly craved movie: Nailed. An interesting summary of the plight of what is truly a tragi-comedy has been published on The Daily Beast (and summarised at the Playlist). It records the struggle of those involved to get this film made, the efforts of Jake to encourage its completion and the frustration of all in the face of repeated delays and standoffs. We heard Jake discuss 'The Nail' at WonderCon recently and it is encouraging and marvellous how, in the face of all of this, there is still a fight to see it off the shelf and on to our screens. Possibly TV screens but that would be a big something, and I'll take it.
It seems appropriate to talk about Nailed today as this day is the 2nd anniversary of Ted and (BBMISwear) Lisa's Excellent Adventure when they spent some quality time with Jake on the Nailed set. If you want to read more - and you really must! - please visit Ted's LJ and ask to be befriended and then you will read a wonderful, hysterical and memorable account of that April day. What about this for a lovely couple?!
Includes pictures from Disney, via IHJ, and Ted and Lisa.
A couple of videos I recorded while watching the sublime Rufus Wainwright in Oxford on Monday.