As we look forward to a year with a veritable array of Jake Gyllenhaal projects in it - An Enemy, Prisoners and, possibly, Mississippi Grind - let us make time to sit down and reflect on a packed out 2012. After a long quiet period, in which there was little to do other than watch the speed of Jake's beard growth, everything really kicked off, thanks to the release of End of Watch and Jake's NYC stage debut in the play that will be forever abbreviated to If There Is...
Luckily, in January we were treated to what has become a regular annual appearance for Jake - presenting at the Golden Globes. In 2012 this was especially special because he introduced Brokeback co-star and good friend Michelle Williams. IMDb also voted Donnie Darko its second top film of the last decafe (behind The Dark Knight).
In February it was Time to Dance. Jake headed to London - Dalston to be precise - and caused quite a stir while playing a serial killer and getting his hair cut. Jake must surely have appeared in more music videos than any actor. It's just a matter of time before he releases his own single. Also in February Jake popped up in Berlin where he was one of the judges for the 62nd Berlinale.
Jake was back in NYC in March and the screenings of End of Watch began - to a very good buzz. Also came news that Jake was about to star in Denis Villeneuve's An Enemy. Even more exciting than that, Jake wouldn't just be the star, he would also be the co-star. A Double Jake Movie. No wonder we were happy at such good news, especially as it followed so swiftly the non-news that Jake would appear in Motor City.
In April, Jake was one of many celebrating the life and work of his 'celebrity godfather' Paul Newman. He was also doing his bit promoting the work of Edible Schoolyard. Then came news that Jake would appear on stage in NYC at last! Before Jake headed off to Somerset in England to celebrate the wedding in wellies of Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan. The world (well, me) speculated that Jake may have been the golden matchmaker. For much of April Jake was in Toronto prepping for An Enemy. Things were getting busy!
Finally in May we saw the trailer for End of Watch. It seemed a long time since the filming last summer. We heard more about the filming from Anna Kendrick who was being regaled at Cannes. Meanwhile, Jake continued to sweat away in Toronto on An Enemy, all two of him. Filming kicked off on 21 May.
June was a very busy month of filming for Jake but at last we got an official poster for End of Watch. The cast of If There Is... grew while there were rumours that Jake might star in Puzzle Palace.
An Enemy was in the can leaving time for Jake to relax. One of the ways in which he did this was to visit the set of Very Good Girls in NYC, a film directed by Jake's mother Naomi Foner and starring Dakota Fanning.
Jake kept himself busy in NYC leading Soul Cycle spin classes while no doubt rehearsing for If There Is which opened at the end of the month for previews. We also heard for the first time that Jake was considering Mississippi Grind, a project that still lingers in the realms of possible. If There Is... opened at the end of August and we were lucky to have a friend in the audience, Lisa aka BBMISwear and we got some wonderful firsthand reports including original photos! Jake also appeared on the Letterman Show - everything was reaching 'gotta sit down and fan myself' excitement levels.
In September End of Watch burst upon audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival which was attended by Jake, quite unexpectedly due to his hectic play schedule. We also got news that End of Watch would have its UK premiere at the London Film Festival.The film opened in the US on 21 September in a blaze of TV appearances and media interviews If There Is... officially opened on the same day. Nothing quite like being busy...
Jake was confirmed for Prisoners - alongside Hugh Jackman - at the beginning of October. This project looks to be as fast moving as An Enemy, even having an opening date a mere year away. If There Is... was proving so successful its run got an extension while End of Watch opened to much hoo haa in Australia. Jake also got to cook with Mario Batali again, putting the fear back into risotto. I got to see End of Watch at the London Film Festival which put a smile on my face (when I wasn't hiding from the scary bits).
End of Watch finally opened in the UK and that meant a flying visit to Blighty by Jake and an appearance on the Graham Norton Show with two thirds of Top Gear. Fortunately, Jake survived. Jake had a brief break from the play and was able to fit in more good causes, including the Arts in the Armed Forces event which was also attended by Lisa, meaning we had another eye witness report!
December has been a relatively quiet month for Jake - that is if you don't count starring in a play at least once a day, including on his birthday. If There Is.... finally finished in time for the holidays, no doubt leaving Jake some time to spend with new additions to the Sarsgaard-Gyllenhaals. It looks as if Prisoners will kick off shortly in the New Year with much of the filming to take place in Georgia. Meanwhile we wait and see if End of Watch will have left any impressions on the gong hander-outers while enjoying the great success that the film had at the box office and amongst critics such as Roger Ebert.
And so it has been a good year! 2013 promises to be just as good if not better. This year completes nearly six years of blogging here at Wet Dark and Wild and it is quite possible that there will be changes over the next few weeks. Social media has changed enormously over these years and a blog such as this may have to move on with the times and its readers.
I must take time to thank all those who take the time to comment and interact with me on WDW. This is hugely important and I appreciate it. Never underestimate how much you fuel a blog by commenting on it.
Thanks especially to my good friends Stephanie at IHJ and Lisa/BBMISwear, without whom.... x