It has most assuredly been one of those days - it started off with a reminder that Prince of Persia has done a lot more for Jake Gyllenhaal's fitness levels and body tone that it has done for mine. It is certainly possible that blogging about the Prince of Persia uses up far fewer calories than being the Prince of Persia. Nevertheless, it's good to see that Jake is back at the gym on a daily basis once more, getting us all fit and ready for the next adventure. The day continued with another Prince (see the interlude below).
The anticipation for Prince Charles entering the room today was motivated largely by intense heat, humidity, high heights and the most uncomfortable wooden slabs for seats. The anticipation for Jake Gyllenhaal entering the room is often coloured by stomach pains, a need to chant loudly, sharpie marks on your neighbour's shirt, sore feet and an out of body experience. Thanks to PoPsugar for sending me a link to another part of their 'Greatest fan' series from the LA PoP screening. This video shows what it was like for the audience waiting for Jake to arrive. I must say that this lot are very well behaved indeed.
I can't help thinking back to the time when I saw Jake walk out on stage in front of me in the theatre in Toronto and he almost tripped. It was edge of the seat stuff - deep worry and concern that he'd be all right. Then I saw Rendition and I swear I may as well have sat in front of a car commercial, I remembered so little about it.
Jerry Bruckheimer's company have just launched a YouTube channel and on it has gone a video from the Prince of Persia premieres and footage of Jerry's hand and foot ceremony. Jake looks starstruck - one feels that he has an inkling of what it's like to be starstruck. Maybe not. But he gives that impression.
I've done one post today already so I don't want to outstay my welcome but I want to post a link to this German interview in which Jake talks again, amongst many other subjects, about his shampooing and conditioning regime which, he reveals, took four and a half years to get him into PoP shape, and that he should apply for a job at l'Oreal. In Morocco 'they sometimes set up a bucket for me, so I could play with shampoo and conditioner.'
Jake also says that he's aware of some of the internet bad feeling against Jake for bringing the game hero to life: 'I've noticed too'. And he speaks about the chemistry with the feisty, lovely Gemma Arterton: 'On the first day on set she looked down at me and showed straight away that she was not impressed with me at all... I am an actor after all and spend at least 75% of the day in front of the mirror. That was a joke. The flirtation was natural between Gemma and me.'
When Jake is asked if he has ever been lost for words with a girl, as Dastan was before Gemma, he replies that it's all part of a boy's biology: 'I drew on my own experience fot the scene.' And on why Jake has done another blockbuster when, after The Day After Tomorrow he'd said that was a one off: 'Oh God, it's hard to live with all the things I said when I was 23, with no experience of the press. I'd now better be careful what I say.'
And to continue yesterday's cooking theme. If Jake could turn back time, 'I would turn back time to when 'Kentucky Fried Chicken' was still "Chicken Littles" - like "Chicken McNuggets", but with a lot of dough around the outside drum. That was my favorite dish when I was eight, but it was taken from me.' Count your blessings, Jake.
A Royal WDW Interlude
Today I popped down to the Sheldonian, Oxford University's stunning theatre built by Christopher Wren in the 1660s, to listen to Prince Charles commemorate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies with a lecture on the relationship between the environment and Islam. He spoke for an hour, which was, to be honest, one of the longest hours of my life. However, it was enlivened by a girl in front of me fainting due to the heat and vertigo of being perched at the very top of a Restoration Chimney. I also got told off for taking pictures by a blue-rinse scary lady but, in my time old tradition of ignoring that kind of thing, I took a few anyway and dared her to come and get me - and then ran away.
Pictures from IHJ and WDW.