I have come to the conclusion that there may not be any cameras in New York City. I have to admit that this irrefutable and indisputable deduction did come as something of a surprise to me, but I can see no alternative. Jake Gyllenhaal continues his quest to eat at every restaurant, milkbar and cafe in the entire city and still no photographs. Not a sausage. This is despite numerous sightings. On Friday for instance, no doubt inspired by my own experiences at the Foodie Festival in Oxford the other week, Jake was seen at Le Grand Fooding event - 'Le Grand Yummy'.
The tweets continue a worrying trend and theme, which I think you'll pick up on: 'Sittin next to jake gyllenhaal right now. He looks like a lumberjack.'
'Uhh Jake Gyllenhaal (sp?) is here. He has grown a beard and looks manly.'
And the pièce de résistance: 'Jake gyllenhall at the foodie show at PS1. Big red beard!'
On Saturday Jake was seen at an Italian restaurant: 'Jake Gyllenhaal at Robertas in Bushwick tonight. No body guards or shades just a full beard. Was friendly.'
Someone else also saw Jake in Bushwick: 'just saw jake brokeback mountain gyllenhall!!! full beard but yet so handsome!! bushwick brooklyn.'
So.... to sum up, Big Applers should be looking out for a very hungry Jake Gyllenhaal with a big red beard looking like a friendly, manly lumberjack. How can you miss him?
Judging by the poll, the vast majority of Gyllenhaalics - or at least the ones who have noticed that Jake has a beard - want the face pet removed and ritually buried.
Princess of Persia
Gemma Arterton is continuing her takeover of the movie world but she pops up in this positive review of the 'delicious' Blu-ray: 'Arterton, while preferring her arthouse movies, had a great time playing a Middle Eastern princess in 500 A.D., with Jake Gyllenhaal appearing as the prince of the title. "I still enjoy the spectacle -- and that film in particular," Arterton says in an interview. "I was sort of sad that it didn't do well at the box office because I thought it was actually kind of original and it was beautifully shot and it was a different world and it deserved to do better than it did. Who knows why it didn't do as well as it should have?"'
Who knows indeed, but the dollars continue to roll in from the DVD/Blu-ray and, speaking for myself, I have come to love this film so much, when I watch it now, with it still looking glorious on my own TV set, I can almost feel the sun and sand on my face. And I take umbrage at certain people who say that they don't see Jake as 'leading man material'. Watching Jake Gyllenhaal on the big screen, you need to use more than your eyes.
Includes pictures from IHJ.