Saturday, 11 December 2010

Jake Gyllenhaal 'a little bit Buddhist' (and sweaty). Interviews in Glamour and the Mail. And on his bike...

As if pictures of Jake Gyllenhaal out and about on his shiny Triumph yesterday (10 December) in Beverly Hills weren't enough to wet one's whistle (see below), we also have two new interviews with Jake. As the release of Love and Other Drugs here on 29 December gets ever nearer, the interviews recorded during the second week of November will at last be published. Jake appears in an interview with the Daily Mail online (it's not in the paper itself) today and he's also featured in the January issue of Glamour, which is now on the shelves (at least the mini version). Scans are included in this post - click on them and they shall be embiggened.

Movies are on Jake's mind: ''What's happened to the movies? All those Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy films about love? When I watch Rita Hayworth or Fred Astaire dance I think, why don't we have that any more?... So many films now are all about sex and love,' continues Jake Gyllenhaal, fixing me with his intense blue eyes. 'But you really don't see the two of them coming together. I want love and sex in movies to be different than it has been.'

''There's not a whole lot of actual sex in the film. There is a lot of us talking with our clothes off, beforehand or after, and I think that's more real. You don't have a sheet draped across Annie's chest, because people don't tend to do that, do you know what I mean?' He grins. 'It's uncomfortable when you're naked on set, but I do feel like an old hand at it at this point. I've done some pretty crazy things already. 'My parents taught me to feel comfortable about my body. They told me there's a beauty in whatever you are. Also I feel it's very important to portray love and sex in the right way.' He laughs. 'Besides, in our case, we'd already had faux movie sex in Brokeback Mountain. So we were relatively comfortable.''

''I used to go to the gym. I don't any more. I just like being active, breaking a sweat. If someone says, "Do you want to go and hike this mountain?", I'll just go and do it. I don't have children, so I can still be selfish and say, "I'm going to go and be on my bike for three hours." I ride mostly Trek bicycles - a Madone. I ride in Manhattan. You usually get where you're going faster, but I've gone to many a big meeting sweating, with people thinking I'm a creepy person.''

''Lance Armstrong saw me talking about bikes in a magazine, called me up and said, "You want to go for a ride?" And that was that - we rode. I took lots of caffeine and those energy packets and just went for it. I think I may have been sick the first ride I went on with him. I kept up with him, but I don't think Lance was pushing very hard. I rode L'Alpe d'Huez, which is one of the stages on the Tour de France, and that was a pretty intense climb, one of the best rides I've had in my life. And there's nothing more beautiful than riding through redwoods in Northern California, cutting in and out of thousand-year-old trees.'

'I definitely have an alpha-male aspect to me, because if I see someone up a long way ahead I always try to catch him; but mostly I just like the solitude. It's something my father instilled in me when I was a young boy. In the morning before school he would wake me up and we'd go on runs together. I still run - almost barefoot at the moment - just enjoying being physical, being active and being outside.'

Missing Heath: 'I do miss him...' Gyllenhaal stops mid-flow, looking emotional. 'There was an intimacy that we all shared on that film - I'd never experienced anything like it. It was just us by this river in Calgary for a month, in the middle of nowhere. There were no hotels to stay in, so we lived in trailers out there in the wilds. We would make coffee together in the morning, eat together and sometimes we'd ride horses to work. We were out there alone and all we had was each other.'

Growing up: 'We lived on the east side of LA between Koreatown (a poor ethnic neighbourhood) and Hancock Park (a fashionable area). Both my parents were very socially conscious. Growing up, my mother was always involved in charity work and she would get us involved in places like the homeless shelter... They were black sheep in their families. My mother's parents were doctors. My father came from a very small town in Pennsylvania. All either of them wanted to do was to write and make movies. Our home was like a circus with various people coming in and out. (Oscar-winning director) Steven Soderbergh lived in the room above our garage.'

'Gyllenhaal has particularly fond memories of Paul Newman. 'I was 14 when my mother got to know him as she was writing a screenplay for him. I knew him better from salad dressing, which is the great irony of different generations! My mum had a meeting with him and he said, "Come and meet me on the racetrack, and bring your son." We went and he put me in a race car that was all souped up, drove me onto the skid pan, spun the car around and taught me what not to do. It was extraordinary... I am a little bit Buddhist - in that I believe, in some way, that you choose your family. Convention was never something my family were interested in.''

Glamour interview

Jake is at his most flirtatiously delicious in the interview for Glamour.

Includes pictures from IHJ and scans by WDW.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, WDW! Jake is as eloquent and well-spoken as always. I love reading all the interviews as the rest of the world waits for LAOD. I'm sure it will be insanely popular - I might just have to see it a few more times.


Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi Susan! These are really lovely interviews and it's great to see it spread to the UK now. I'm really looking forward to seeing it on Monday and then just another couple of weeks until it's out :D I hope you get to see it some more :)

Ooh my word is 'sweetr' :)

Anonymous said...

Lovely Articles about Jake. and I was wondering if he was going to take his motorcycle out.

I wish we knew what his next project was going to be

Thanks so much WDW


Wet Dark and Wild said...

My pleasure, Sweetpea :D These were fun interviews to read.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how long ago he did this Glamour Mag interview. when asked if he was currently in a relationship he said no

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi Anon - as mentioned this interview was done when Jake was in London around 11 November. They'll be others coming out too - he did a lot of interviews that week :)

Anonymous said...

What lovely interviews. he really opens up in them.



Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi Tui! Good to see you!

mermon said...

WDW - Thank you very much for that two interviews. They are very interesting, so rich in many things that is even difficult to discuss it.
"I don't have children, so I can still be selfish..." - I'm sure he won't be selfish being a father.
"My parents taught me to feel comfortable about my body. They told me there's a beauty in whatever you are..." - it is so wise. I wish my parents thought me that.

It was a pleasure to read those interviews and I reminded myself again why I like Jake so much, for his sweetness, wisdom, warmth and beauty and a sense of humour. I can imagine what that lady was feeling when he mentioned a bed:)

Those motorbike pictures - it just came to my mind, how dangerous it could be for him to be followed by paps, when he's on his bike. If he would want to escape them he could have an accident. Sometimes they behave like hornets, surrounding stars with many cars and taking pictures, using a lot of fleshes at once. It's really very risky. Even polite human being may sometimes have enough.

My word is cosheri.

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi Mermon! I'm so glad you liked the interviews. It's great to see the London interviews coming out at last. The good think about the bike is Jake may be less recognisable. I wish he wore gloves though.

paulh said...

"Love and other drugs" is at $25,668,000 as of Friday night. It was hanging onto 7th place for that day. "Dawn Treader" and "The Tourist" were added to the mix that day.

Apparently, movie attendance for November as a whole was at a 15-year low. Is it the economy? Are filmgoers unsatisfied with what Hopllywood is offering?

Hui said...

I think one of reasons is the high ticket price, esp. in 3D. People lost interst fast in 3D movie, me,too......
And there will be "A LOT" of superhero movies next year!!!!(maybe one in every two weeks) I am already sick of that.....

Hui said...

Oh...I am not only talking about Nov. films.I think even in Dec.,peopl rather save money than go to see movies......

Tiffany said...

Wonderful interview with Glamour!

mermon said...

Good Morning everybody!

Could you tell how much cost movie ticket in your country for adult. In Poland it is around 20 złotych, witch is about 6.5$. How about you in your countries.
Maybe it's not cheap, but the cinemas are huge now like multiplexes, they have to hire many workers to maintain this, they are sometimes almost empty and run the movies anyway. I remember once watching POP with my brother, our two daughters and only one couple of older people. So six people. And the owners have to make some profits, so I understand the prizes. For me going to the cinema is a kind of holiday, I don't go too often as I would like, but if I go, I don't mind paying. We also have some small old cinemas, the prizes are slightly lower, like around 6$. Of course if you want to go with whole family, buy popcorn , drinks, tickets for bus - then is expensive.

Have a good Sunday everyone!

Hui said...


Well,I have to say,the ticket price is a bit high to me. More and more movies made by 3D which don't deserve 3D....and we have no choice.(no theaters want to play 2D is the film is a 3D film). I miss the old days when I went to see movies with my friends every weekend :) Now it's impossilble :/
If lucky, I will see a movie every two months,so I choose the film very carefully :P

Tiffany said...

Hi Mermon!

In the US, ticket prices have gone up significantly within the past 2 decades. In high school, I can remember paying about 6.50 and now ticket prices range anywhere from 10.50 to 15.00. Let's not even talk about the cost of popcorn, etc! For two people to go to the films, you're looking at 45.00+.

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hello everyone! Been into town to grab hold of the Mail on Sunday - Jake's all over the mag inside (nothing different from the online version in this post but very pretty!). Strangely they say the portraits are exclusive but they seem to have been in mags all over the place... Anyway, if you're in Britain do grab a copy (even though it's the Mail - sighs...).

Interesting discussion about movie prices. I'm not sure, Paul, if audiences are low here too, although I don't think this is particularly a good time for going out to the pictures. I'm busy at the weekends now but having said that I have cinemas close by and I only have one week left at work and then 2 weeks off! Fortunately, that coincides with a certain movie coming out...

Cinema tickets are expensive here (as everything is in Oxford) but there are ways to get the price down. I have membership of the Odeon which means 25% off on Tuesdays, I reuse 3D glasses which saves £1, and the Vue gives vouchers meaning money off your next visit. I also have membership of the local lovely PIcturehouse which means cheap tickets. Also they have free embers screenings now and again.

I see a fair few films free a year due to various online offers. I'm very lucky in that I get given free tickets too for occasional films.

But I just pay for me, I tend to go alone as I go at odd cheaper times when I can, and I don't buy anything. The popcorn and drinks are what push the price up.

Movies and cinema going are my passion. The two hours I have in a cinema are usually the only quiet hours I have in a week. So I go as often as I can - at least twice a week.

One thing's for sure, if I had to take a family, I'd never go.

Interesting discussion :D

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone! To continue the discussion of U.S. movie prices, I have found that it varies significantly in different regions as well as from largish cities to smaller towns.

I'm fortunate where I live (in a small city) to have not only several large multiplexes but also some older theaters that show all their movies for only $1. They are not new releases, but if you missed something on the big screen in its initial release, it's a nice cheap way to catch it before buying the DVD.

I usually try to go to earlier multiplex matinee shows with reduced pricing for $6.50, but an evening full-price movie ticket is $8.50; 3D movies are $10.25. Adding a small popcorn and a small soda is another $9.00, so I usually skip the snacks.

Yesterday I planned to see Tangled in 2D with a young companion. I was prepared to pay $13 for our tickets so I could splurge on snacks. Unfortunately, there was a misprint of the movie times in their advertising, so when we arrived we had to choose between waiting 2 hours for the next 2D to start or buy tickets for the 3D that was starting in 30 minutes. We opted for the 3D (for which there are no matinee discounts) and the tickets cost $20.50. Minimal snacks cost me another $18.00.

I go the movies at least twice a week, sometimes three, but I have to budget very carefully.

By the way, Tangled is AWESOME!! The 3D made it even more magical, so I can't complain too much about missing the 2D. I can also report with confidence that a 4-year-old can remain captivated, quiet, and still for the entire film. :)


karmentxu said...

A more opinion: In Spain. quite different in each city, each cinema. In my city, it's small but with 3 multiplexes, there's bonus , cost 5 € (6,60 $) but in others 6,5 € (8,60 $), no speak 3D very expensive, Go with the family, imposible . But reading yours comments. the prices of popcorn, drink .. here more cheap
Go 2-3 times a month, but cinemas empty. I've been with 3-5 people alone in a cinema several times last year. so sad.

Anonymous said...

movie prices sure have changed over the years. I try to make it to matinee times. Even that has changed. I remember you'd get matinee prices if you got to the theater before 6pm. Now it's like the very first showing is the matinee and that can be at 10 in the morning. And weekends are different too. I saw LAOD at the second showing around 1 and had to pay 9.50 (it was a Sat. I'm not sure if that would have applied to the rest of the week)

I am not a popcorn lover so If I want snacks I bring them into the theater with me. I'm not paying the theater prices for drinks and candy. I remember years ago when I went with my nephew to see a movie I had a coat that had plenty of pockets (inside too) we stopped at a deli and picked up drinks and tons of snacks and we hid them inside our coats and got into the theater. we were ALL set :D


Hui said...

I have seen two 3D movies so far(yeah...only two....I have headache problem..:/)It's Avatar and How to train your dragon.Both are good,but I won't pay 3D ticket price to see Resident Evil or The last airbender even my friends invited me XD
The last film I saw was Unstoppable. It's a really enjoyble film. I want to see LAOD next week, but I don't want to see with my family XD. They know my intention XD

LadyEkster said...

"I do miss him..." and then a pause. That says more than a thousand words, doesn't it.
I enjoy 'hearing' him talk about his childhood. Makes me think about what Ed Zwick said about him, that it's difficult for him to not be vulnerable.

Interesting discussion indeed! Movie prices have gone up here as well, with extra costs for 3D. I try to watch 3-4 movies a week, but I go to the cinema only once or twice a month, because of the tickets. It also depends on the movies that are showing. Last summer I went every week, so many films I wanted to see. November and December so far haven't had many good films. It's pretty much allll Harry Potter, sigh. Luckily Dawn Treader is out now. :-D Next month we'll get LAOD and The Tourist so I'm saving up for those. ;-)

Wet Dark and Wild said...


As far as 3D goes, I love it when it's a good film. Despicable Me and Megamind were great!

A real problem with this time of year are the few films hogging the screens, so I know what you mean lady Ekster.

Eureka said...

"I enjoy making a woman feel good"
Melting, melting....Sweet, sweet.

"But I also like to write. In years to come, I think that will expand. I won't be just scrapping for the next job. Maybe I'll create something for myself"
No wonder he speaks so well in his interviews. What part would he write for himself?
Thanks WDW, I really enjoyed the interviews!

Alejandra said...

Loved the interviews too! Think I even stopped myself from commenting too soon to honour Jake's words. :-)

In Argentina, ticket prices are pretty much the same as in Poland, Mermon. On Wednesdays, it is cheaper. Down to even half the price. Trouble is there are no cinemas in my area and I'm picky when it comes to movies (well, not only when it comes to movies, I guess). So I need to be psyched up to go see something. And no popcorn or anything.

If we don't talk again, have a great start of the week, everyone. ;-)

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi Eureka and Alejandra!

New post :D

Anonymous said...

How can you not love him !! He is so charming ! Always thoughtful and so complete comments !

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi there Kaushi!