Even though you, like me, are no doubt going through those last minute painful adjustments to your wedding outfit - I knew the hat was a mistake - I thought I'd make you fashionably late with a post this evening. Weddings are a reminder that this is indeed the holiday season and here I direct you to your dictionary: 'Holiday Season (Holl-i-day see-sun - noun): The time of year when Jake Gyllenhaal buggers off for weeks on end'. Tweets and facebook sightings (real or less real) have been placing Jake everywhere from Alaska to Martha's Vineyard to washing my car in Oxford.
In yesterday's interview (which I hope you will read if you haven't already), Jake said that one of the things he has to deal with in his job is that he can be in 6 countries in almost as many days. And over the years we've seen Jake use many an opportunity to bring up his jetlag problem - and his solution Rescue Remedy - which, I have on good authority (ie, my own), doesn't work half as well as a good gin and tonic.
I realise I'm digressing, but just as Jake spends almost as much time in the air as I do on blogger, the theme of this evening's holiday post is the diversity of countries that Jake Gyllenhaal finds himself in - as indeed do we. Recent comments on WDW have highlighted the great range of countries from which we, Jake's fans, hail. There's me in the UK and then many of you are across the US, across Europe, Australia, New Zealand - in each hemisphere and on a fair old proportion of continents. We're a globular lot (if you pardon the expression) and just as Jake broadens our worldly horizons, we too have contributed to the widening of Jake's. And may I just say, that Jake has some of the loveliest widened horizons that I've seen.
Obviously, we don't have pictures from all of the countries that Jake has travelled to and maybe some of this summer disappearing time is spent exploring areas that we never hear about, but there are plenty of occasions when Jake does get pictured. And so this post presents some of Jake's travels in no particular order.
Jake does seem to spend a fair amount of time in England - often through work but I think there's a piece of his heart left here too (and he queues at the Holes in the Wall like a naturally born Brit). Unfortunately, when he was here filming in 2008 on Prince of Persia he managed to wreck our summer weather and it was mostly lousy, but on other visits we've held our own.
There are two other countries where we have seen Jake rather a lot - France and Italy. Jake mentioned, when he was in Cannes in 2007, that he had toured much of France with his family (he knew all about the Provencal sausage - yes, he did). Over the years, Jake has been seen in Cannes, Paris and the Alps (Lance Armstrong dragged him up a mountain by bike when it would have been so much easier by car).
Jake has also been seen on a bike in Italy - and on a boat. Venice Film Festival has welcomed Jake with open arms but he has also been in Italy for Rendition and Maggie and Peter's wedding. He also popped over to Rome to see me and I appreciate that. He just didn't know it at the time.
Jake has also been a frequent visitor to Canada. In fact he told one interviewer during the Rendition publicity days that there had been a time when he would even pretend to be a Canadian when travelling abroad. Jake has filmed three movies in Canada - The Day After Tomorrow, Brokeback Mountain and Source Code. He's also been to Toronto Film Festival to publicise Brokeback, Proof and Rendition. He also saw me in Toronto and that puts it in my top five list of Jake places.
My only decent pic of Jake (in Toronto):
Other places include Spain, Japan, Germany, Morocco and places across the breadth of the United States. One of these days, we'll even get him over to Wales. Enjoy the pictures of Jake across the world.
New York City:
Includes pictures from IHJ, JJ and WDW.