Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Jake Gyllenhaal bound for Puzzle Palace with McG? And all in the line of duty...

Amongst all the twitter sightings of Jake in Toronto, there was one today that stood out by a mile. Hollywood's The Tracking Board tweeted "Jake Gyllenhaal enters Puzzle Palace'. This is the first indication that Jake is about to take on a role in an action adventure described by its likely director McG as having a 'Die Hard tone'.

As McG explained in the Playlist, it's about '"A kid who has to clear his father’s name by breaking into One Police Plaza in New York, which is the most secure building imaginable in a post-9/11 world. It’s a smaller picture, it’s designed for a [Ryan] Gosling [type actor]. It’s not as small and antithetical as ‘Drive,’ but it’s not a big giant over-the-top action picture, it’s meant to be a fun, intelligent action character study.”

We've been saying for quite a while in the comments here that Jake and Ryan may have been going up for similar, if not the same, roles. This is further evidence that there is that Gosling type out there that film makers want and audiences love. This is excellent news. It's also early news, so expect to hear nothing more about it for quite a while. No dates are set. Very little is set.

But does it mean we'll see Jake in a white vest? And will he get a catchphrase? Or not. Clearly, Jake's End of Watch training will stand him in good stead for breaking into a secure police station. Man Vs Wild won't hurt either.

End of Watch

We might not be hearing much yet from Jake himself about End of Watch - that will no doubt come - but his fellow cast members continue to reveal little glimpses. This week actress Cody Horn has been discussing her role in the film to the Hollywood Reporter:

"It's a total guy’s movie. And I got to scratch an itch of playing a tough cop. I was shooting guns, I even got tased!," she says, a little too enthusiastically. She got what? “We had gone to this training facility for a tactical challenge and fitness test where you run, grapple, shoot to become a police officer. To pass the test to become a cop, you have to get tased and get pepper sprayed so you know what it feels like."

Her character, a former Marine turned cop whose dad is the head of the police force, is a real badass. So of course Horn raised her hand first for the tasering. “Then Jake had to do it and then we ended up tasing the entire cast."

Her descripton is pretty chilling. "It feels like it's ripping your bones out of your body and simultaneously hammering your bones with a jackhammer. Cops have to tolerate it for five seconds. They did it to everyone else for one second. But they did me for three seconds because I was screaming so much, I forgot to say 'Stop."

Clearly the cast earned their money on End of Watch. Although there is a tip here - if you get tasered, best to say stop.

Thanks to IHJ for the pictures!


mermon said...

Thanks Kate so much for that Playlist link!
Does that mean Jake will play a father, policeman accused of murder? He certainly shouldn't play a kid? Initially I thought he will be the one fighting for his father's good name. But after Playlist mentioning kid, it doesn't seems like.
Would be great if Jake'd be attached to new film having two in make. His career really sped up with new management.
Funny story with being tased on EoW set. Good to hear something new about that movie.

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi Mermon - I think when they say kid they don't mean a child. It's just another way of saying son. I reckon it would be the son Jake would play. If it turns out of course... ;)

sick of Ryan Gosling already said...

Sorry but I disagree with comparing Jake to a Gosling type. and for the record Ryan's is not exactly blazing at the box office.

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi 22:08 :) I think they are quite similar in age, looks and 'indie appeal' for want of a better phrase... I think Drive was a big success for Ryan and he's made some interesting choices. Of course, I want Jake's name to be the one shining but it's no insult to either of them to make comparisons. Thanks for commenting :)

Anonymous said...

I wish Jake would make another version of the movie “Stanley and Livingstone” with actor Jim Carviezel. Showing the beauties and dangers of Africa of old times in 3D.

Susan said...

Wouldn't it be great to see Jake in a role like the lead described in Puzzle Palace? "An intelligent action character study" would also be a welcome and refreshing change from some of the crud currently available at the local cineplex.

I agree that it's no insult to either Jake or Gosling to compare their careers, but wouldn't it be nice to hear Hollywood professionals (as well as gossipers) make remarks about a 'Gyllenhaal' type, comparing everyone else to Jake? :-)

Wet Dark and Wild said...

You've posted the same thing three times now, 22:59. I believe you. One more time and I reckon I might not...

Hi Susan! I really hope it comes off! I Luke the mix of intelligence and action. That would be a wonderful thing to have the 'Gyllenhaal Type'. Hopefully now Jake's back making movies he'll be back in audience's minds again :) things are looking good!

Leslie said...

Susan took the words right from my . . . fingertips. I'd be much happier hearing that they wanted a "Gyllenhaal" type!!

BBMISwear said...

Great post WDW - I love that there is so much Jake Buzz out there these days! I'm with you that it's exciting to hear about a new role such as this one but we all know how these early reports can often pan out to be nothing at all. I guess we will be set for news for awhile either way with the continued AE filming, EoW promotion, and of course the play so even without a confirmed next role quite yet we should get our fill of Jake news. But, then again, will we EVER get our fill of Jake news?! Probably not - ha ha!

Almost Friday!


Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi Leslie :)

Hey there BBMISwear :-) These are good times!

I hope you're all having a good Friday - enjoying the tennis!