Sunday, 17 April 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal gets arty, talks about Richard Kelly and gravity, and a WDW Prehistoric Interlude. Plus more exlusive Berlin pics.

Last Thursday, not content with the Banksy print on his own walls, Jake Gyllenhaal went to have a look at more at the opening of the Art in the Streets exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA last Thursday. A bunch of celebrities were on hand, including Donnie Darko friends Drew Barrymore and Seth Rogen, the latter is photographed with Jake below. Picture thanks to Seth Rogen Online.

Talking of Donnie Darko, during the publicity for Source Code, Jake was asked why he picked Duncan Jones to direct the film and not Richard Kelly, the director of scifi classic Donnie Darko: '“I thought Duncan might not do it because he writes the things he wants to direct, and Richard is the same way,” he says. “Richard is always doing something odd, but Duncan kept coming up to me saying, ‘Make it weirder.’ Maybe Richard’s stuff is already too inherently weird. “As a person, Richard is more mysterious than Duncan. With the press, Duncan is so outgoing, but when he’s on set, he reminds me of Ang Lee. He’s very quiet. He hardly says a thing, and when he does, it’s very simple and specific. You’d think English was his second language, but it’s not. Being British, he’d probably argue it’s our second language.”'

'“Obviously this is entertainment, but I hope there’s a 13-year-old kid who sees this movie and it inspires him to invent something like [the source code],” he says. “It’s weird, wishful thinking. But if I had only had a minute to live, I think I’d call my family and try to have a good laugh. It’s nice to laugh entering and nice to laugh exiting.”'

On London Marathon day, I was interested to here in an interview with the LA Daily News that Jake was distracted by the LA marathon taking place outside the window as he spoke. 'I love endurance athletics'. Jake also talks about how he would like to direct one day: '"I loved playing this role because I love thinking about the audience every step of the way. You feel like you're part of the storytelling process, which is really fun," he said. "I would love to make movies someday, but the acting thing is going pretty well, so I'll stick to that now."'

Jake likes to read books on eastern philosophy and this brings out a comment from Jake which I've heard before, about entering into the dark to watch a film. It's a special time: '"I like the concept that there is sort of relative reality of gravity and that I can't necessarily put my hand through this table," he says, gesturing. "But there are other things at work, like an absolute reality where people do have the ability to walk through walls. It's not outlandish when you see it in the movies, and movies in my opinion are a representation of the unconscious and how we work in a dream state. We go into the dark to watch them."'

This post contains stunning pictures from the Berlin screening on 7 April, with many thanks to Sandra, who sat to my left. It was great to meet you!

A WDW Prehistoric Interlude

It was a beautiful warm Sunday today and so out came the Triumph and off we went into the heart of the beautiful countryside of Hampshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire. After visiting the Iron Age hillfort of Inkpen (we broke down there once so I had the shivers), we headed off to find a pub garden for lunch and came across the village of Ham. Further down the road we came to Eggs. That may or may not be true.

The target for the day was Avebury, a unique Neolithic landscape, more than 6,000 years old, which comprises the largest manmade prehistoric mound in Europe - Silbury Hill (we saw a rat running by - Silbury rat), processional avenues of monoliths, long barrows, barrow upon barrow along the horizon, many covered in trees, the superb henge with its ditch and mound, and the inner circle of massive stones. With sheep. A most lovely day.

Pictures from Seth Rogen Online, the lovely Sandra and WDW.


Wet Dark and Wild said...

I hope you all had a good Saturday! A short week ahead :)

Anonymous said...

Morning Kate,
Very nice post again. I like all those lovely pics and comments. Seems you had a nice Sunday out. Short week ahead is great :-)
Have a nice Monday all of you !

mermon said...

Good Morning!
Thank you, Kate for the post, news and pictures.
Have a good day, I run to work :)

Sasha said...

Thanks for the pictures from Berlin! A very special day I will remember for the rest of my life!

I also love your landscape pics.

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Thanks Christina! I had a lovely weekend I hope you did too :)

Morning Mermon!

Thanks Sasha - and me too! I love that first pic of Sandra's. She did well to get a picture in that spot, there was quite a scrum, wasn't there? I'm never going to forget it either. And glad you liked my pics :)

Have a lovely day everyone! Monday - but a short week.

Susan said...

Hi WDW! Once again, great post with lots of wonderful quotes. It had not occurred to me to wonder why Jake chose Duncan Jones over Richard Kelly to direct SC. I had assumed it was because Kelly hasn't had much success since Donnie Darko evolved into a cult hit and Jones had more recent, mainstream success with Moon.

I like it that Jake likes to talk about such things as "absolute reality" and "relative reality" and going into the dark to watch movies. It makes sense to me. Maybe I'm not half as crazy as most people seem to think. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I love your interludes! To live in such a place and see such things at will is a wonderful way to live! : )

Anonymous said...

beautiful photos of Jake, WDW. I love what he says about the theater experience and thinking about the audience.

I'd love to see Jake direct someday. But I am more than content to see him in front of the camera.

And thank you for the lovely pics from the British countryside. I have GOT To get over there one day to see it for myself


Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi Susan! I definitely know what you (and Jake) mean about watching movies in the dark. I love going to the movies and one reason is because it is another world - two hours of peace and adventure.

Thanks so much 14:37! I'm very lucky to live in such a beautiful place :)

Hi Sweetpea :) I like to hear Jake talking about audiences. He loves movie, no doubt as a member of the audience as well.

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