It turns out that Jake Gyllenhaal is not spending the entire Source Code shoot in a 'pod' on a set that looks like it's the work of 'Picasso in his randy cubist period' (Duncan Jones tweets from yesterday). Jake does actually get outside and it's all for the benefit of Chicago and - more specifically the crowds of Millennium Park outside Bean, who have been flocking today to watch (as one witness called it) a 'pivotal 30 sec walking/talking scene they`ve shot 6x now'. Many thanks to Annaschabold and thornbridgekel for capturing some of that excitement of a Jake Gyllenhaal shoot. The pictures of Jake are distant but the excited tweets of seeing Jake just a few feet away suggests this is him.
I would just like to point out that Oxford is a hub of fine parks - some even have ducks in them - and they would be more than suitable for any Jake Gyllenhaal movie. Any. Even ones set in space.
So while Jake films a short walk and talk scenes a lot, we can take a look at two more interviews from WonderfulCon. In the first, with ABC, Jake draws attention to the interviewer having dressed down for the event - he was wearing no vest. Here we have the perfect example of a language gap the size of a sizeable ocean. It surprised me to hear Jake comment that NOT wearing underwear on top of one's clothes is considered dressing down.
However... 'I definitely had pressure but the pressure is exciting. As movies and stories get bigger and bigger - and this is the biggest film I've been in - it just gets more exciting too. I'm really excited. I'm really proud of the movie.' And Jerry Bruckheimer tells us that such events as WonderCon are all about 'touching the fans' and, with Prince of Persia, Disney most definitely succeeded. I know we've sometimes had due cause to complain about Jake's hair in movies, but check out Nic Cage!
The second interview is with the well-known gamers site Destructoid and here we have Jake approached from a whole different (and very funny) angle. Straight off the gamers ask Jake to defend himself at gamers who want to attack his PoP posters with pitchforks: 'I have nothing to say to any of you. Attack me as you will. But if I see you in a dark alley, I will kick your ass.'
He also decides that it's not the right moment to demonstrate backflips (a shame, I thought). And on being told that Dastan was a bit of a leap from Bubble Boy, Jake's response was swift: 'Wo, wo, wo, wo, wo [*insert a lot more wos*]! I'll cut your throat out.' The final verdict: 'Like it or hate it, it's pretty damn good.'
The interview also contains some amusing bits with the Sorcerer's Apprentice cast and director, showing that the gaming console world and the movie making world is getting closer as both vie for time on the Internet.
Talking of WondrousCon, here is a bit of a recap...
New posters for Prince of Persia have been released including a very cool poster with Ben Kingsley, or make that Sir Ben Kingsley. Over to Jake: 'He’s been knighted in England and I called him Sir Ben. He gets really competitive with the sword fight. It was great working with him.' The poster for Gemma Arterton is also a reminder that she is on the Jonathan Ross Show NEXT Friday (16 April) and not this Friday - due to flippin' golf.
Pictures from links. Thanks to the WDW reader for the interview links! Time to get that lego out...
Totally off topic, but I had to post this link for any fellow Trekkers out there.