Jake Gyllenhaal is interviewed in Australia's The West today and in it he chats a little about growing up in Los Angeles, not too far away from those Mean Streets. And getting tasered. Apparently, it's better than having pepper thrown in your face. Not something I'd want to test. "Umm, the absurdity of my life. I love that I'm talking about being in the ganglands of south-east LA and now I'm getting served tea" - quite right too. Hopefully with sandwiches with the crusts cut off.
'"When I was a kid we lived on a street called Westmoreland. My dad had got this run-down house and he's a pretty great carpenter and he fixed out the whole house. Today that area has become more gentrified but when we were there it wasn't... It wasn't until years later when I started 'rolling around' for this film that I realised I had lived within a 20-block radius of what Rampart was," says the actor referring to where the infamous Los Angeles riots took place in 1992, the Rampart name becoming synonymous with crime and violence.'
There is much more here so do to a look.
As I write this Jake and Brian T Byrne from If There Is... are being interviewed on the Leonard Lopate radio show (details here) and hopefully a podcast will be available later. Thanks to BBMISwear for the heads up!
Meanwhile, a crew call for Jake's next (?) project Prisoners has revealed that the film will be shot in Georgia.