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I'm back! The holiday season has been doing its best to keep me off line, taking me first to North Wales in a tent and then off to Paris for a few days for my very first visit to the City of Lights (Interlude below). Meanwhile, Jake Gyllenhaal has been keeping himself busy flitting between Los Angeles and NYC and Los Angeles. Thanks to IHJ for the photos of him over the last couple of weeks, including a new still from Prisoners.
The good news on the festival front is that (An) Enemy has now been added to the line up, which already included Prisoners, for Toronto as one of its Special Presentations. More details here. So looks like Jake will be very busy - reminding me of the days when Jake promoted Brokeback Mountain, Jarhead and Proof at the same time - sometimes even in the same sentence.
Thanks very much to BBMISwear for the scan here from Entertainment Weekly as the promotion for Prisoners slowly begins to make a move.
Meanwhile, looking back to Love and Other Drugs, the real life Jamie (Reidy) has been recalling what it was like to be brought to life on screen by Jake Gyllenhaal.
'What was your reaction when you learned Jake Gyllenhaal was going to play your character? My reaction was “No. Way!” Sure, I’d heard his name mentioned, but I tried not to get my hopes up. My best female friend from high school had suggested Danny Devito play me, so, yeah, I was pretty psyched with Jake.
Are there any downsides to being portrayed on the big screen? Not for me! On set, a few of the veteran crew members pulled me aside to make sure I appreciated my good fortune. They’d point at Jake and say, “You just don’t get to have that guy play you, not while you’re still alive, anyway.” Having Jake play me in a movie was the coolest thing that ever happened to anybody I know, or anybody that anybody I know knows.
Did Jake Gyllenhaal hang out with you in order to learn more about his character and your personality? Yep. Jake and I hung out three times, which gave him the chance to ask me all of his questions about pharmaceutical sales and how/why doctors and nurses would interact with drug reps in the first place. (Good question.) It also gave me the chance to see that Jake is a smart, funny guy who takes his job seriously. I liked him a lot.'
WDW Paris Interlude
My trip to Paris was all too brief but a lot was packed in. Top of the highlights was the stunning 12th-century Sainte Chapelle, built to house the relics that St Louis brought back from crusade. Next to it is the Conciergerie, once a royal palace that was converted into a prison that held the victims of the French Revolution, including Marie Antoinette. Then there's the Notre Dame gargoyles, the Roman remains beneath the streets, the Louvre pyramid and a certain tower as well as possibly the most famous cemetery in the world, Pere Lachaise. Here are just a few pictures.
I was very chuffed to discover the location from Midnight in Paris where Gil meets his ride to the past each night at midnight. Just at the back of the Pantheon.