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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jake Gyllenhaal Covers GQ



Jake Gyllenhaal suits up in a J.Crew shirt and Prada suit for the May 2010 issue of GQ magazine. Here are some choice quotes from the 29-year-old Prince of Persia actor:

On working with Heath Ledger: “He was very sensitive. He didn’t always have a sense of performance in his everyday life. He knew who he was. I think actors very often, they know how to present something, and that’s part of their job. I think he was just really sensitive. We often used to do a lot of things together, because people were very interested in him and I think we felt safe together.”

On his experience filming Brokeback Mountain: “There was something magical in that time. We all slept in our trailers out by a trailer park in the first month of making that movie. I was sleeping next to Ang’s trailer; Ang’s trailer was next to Heath and Michelle’s trailer—they’d kind of moved in together. And Michael Hausman, the producer, brought his Airstream trailer down. And it was just us, by this river, for a month. And we would walk to set, and we would eat together, and we would make coffee in the morning, and I would wake up in the morning and there would be Ang Lee doing Tai Chi outside of my trailer, and it was just magical.”

On how Heath’s death affected him: “I don’t really like talking about it. That period of time was…it was difficult. He was very sensitive. He didn’t always have a sense of performance in his everyday life. He knew who he was. I think actors very often, they know how to present something, and that’s part of their job. I think he was just really sensitive. We often used to do a lot of things together, because people were very interested in him and I think we felt safe together. Even when we did Brokeback and stuff, it was like my work was the only thing that mattered to me. It was like I could only understand or define myself through doing that. Life, I didn’t totally understand. And I think I was afraid of life. And I had success in my work, enough success that you could keep going back there. But after that happened…I think I recognized that it was work. And I recognized that this is for real.”
On his life as a single man: “It’s…it’s okay.… It goes in either direction. I think it’s important for every man to find the right woman and every woman to find the right man.… Who am I to say what the most important thing in life is? The best answer I could give to any of those things is that I really don’t know. Particularly right now in my life.”

On his parents’ divorce: “I think it takes a lot of courage for my parents to make the decision that they made, and I I trust both of them and their outlook on life. They’re wonderful parents to me and my sister.”

Brother-in-law Peter Sarsgaard on a fight he and Jake had, causing them not to speak for ten days: “The nice thing is, for Jake, he doesn’t see having any argument as something that ruins a relationship. He sees it as something that could potentially help one. That’s something I learned from him. I’m extremely close with him. He’s basically my brother.”

Peter further points out, in extolling Jake’s virtues, how unusual he is: “It’s a very difficult thing—or it has been over the course of my life—for me to have respect for people like Jake, who are not self-destructive, who are positive. There are very few actors who have that quality. I go [sighs], ‘Ohhhh, motherf–ker just wants to live—f–k him.’ and my thesis with Jake is that it is genuine. He is not doing it to be more popular and more successful, it is actually who he is.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

This was delicious. This man is such a God! He's getting a LOT of recognition lately, and not just for being Reese Witherspoon's ex.

Anonymous said...

Don't like the cover. Looks like they did some weird photoshop on him. His head looks big (sorry)

freckledk said...

I'm mad at that cover. He deserves better. Lovely boy, that Jake. I officially volunteer to become his next girlfriend and/or hag, whichever way that darling boy goes. He's spectacular.

sweetowl said...

Cover is too beige. And, yes his head is too big.

Anonymous said...

OMG, GB! My other Jake sources are running behind today -which is very unlike them. And all the other blogs I checked today -well, they don't have the awesome pics you posted here.

Personally, I have to say Jake is living up to my wildest dreams these days -and more. I mean, I don't want you to feel jealous, GB, but come on! I remember you said you and Jake were on the same level of fame: allow me to add I think you two are also on the same level of awesomeness.

I... I adore you.

Anonymous said...

Hey, hey, hey! I'm not crazy about the cover either. I never am with GQ. But I get it. It's not "beige", it's a warm, quiet reminder of "gold". Not too distant a reference to "The Sands of Time". But I see it more like a reference to Jake himself.

Anonymous said...

Toothy lives!

Helena said...

...OH...MY...filming in the area to which I live so close to, and never encountering MyHottie not once??? This will be as good as it gets for me...merci buckets GB for the awesome updates. You do deliver...

Anonymous said...

Awful cover photo! Is it a weird spray-on tan or bad Photoshopping??

Anonymous said...

Why did GQ do to his picture on the cover? He looks almost beige. I love me some Jakey and he is looking very fine these days, but it's awfully convenient that he suddenly mentions Heath after 2 years of silence now that he's trying to promote Prince of Fail and trying to recover his image after the disaterous bearding. And what's with the every man needs to find a good woman and vice versa crap? He said almost the same thing in his last GQ cover story 3 years ago. Is he shopping around for a new showmance again? Why can't Jake just be Jake?

Anonymous said...

Why can't Jake just be Jake?

I hate to ask, believe me... but -how exactly would he be if he were "just Jake"? I am truly curious as you sound like you know him better.

I dunno. I'm among those who think better and better of Jake. Sure, there may be things in an interview that you're not going to LOVE -but in my case, there is so much more I can't get right about myself -that thinking I know damn well what's wrong with other people is not something I will allow myself to do.

So far, I can't say he's disappointed me at all. Far from that. But I'm just someone in a different country, arguably in a different culture... You'll have to excuse my naivety if that's what it is.

Honestly, if you want to be more clear regarding the "just be Jake" thing, I'll come back too and read what you have to say.

Anonymous said...

I think it’s important for every man to find the right woman and every woman to find the right man

Soooo Jake, how do your two gay godfathers feel now that you basically told them they haven't found the right women yet?

Anonymous said...

Laugh if you must -but read anyway. It'll be fun, I promise...

Jake was born in 1980, right? That makes him a monkey in Chinese astrology. Like Leonardo Da Vinci. Now I'm not "a believer". But since astrology has been around for as long as poetry and philosophy (and other worthless strings of thought, according to many), to me it's worth a read:

"The typical Monkey man considers himself an honest, aboveboard person and can indeed substantiate his claim most of the time. He usually does his own thing without bothering to see whether society approves or not. He hates hypocrisy and underhandedness with every fiber of his being. Yet it would be inaccurate to affirm that he is a model of straightforwardness . First, if he has the ability to confess error, apologize, or accept criticism gracefully, he is not insensitive to flattery and adulation. Second, he has the deceptive habit of agreeing openly with others while rejecting their ideas in secret . Third, he respects law and authority only as far as his personal security requires it, not out of conviction of consideration for the next fellow. Fourth, his conscience is so elastic and can be so easily satisfied that he has few scruples and tends to make the end to justify the means in all cases . Fifth, he delights in fooling everybody and often uses his extraordinary ability to pull the wool over people's eyes ."

Appalling, innit? Now you can say I am attracted to all things polemical. Or just... liars. I won't be offended. My point is that -as long as things make sense to me, I'm okay. And until the world ends, I have time to learn from my mistakes and so do other people. What else would we have to look forward to if we were all perfect from the very start? I mean, isn't there enough about Jake to keep you interested? Aren't you curious about what might be next?

annalise said...

use to luv jake. he just looks old now.

Anonymous said...

omg.. terrible TERRIBLE cover shot! His eyes looked drugged and buggy.
Photog screwed up royally with that pic...he is SO photogenic majority of time, so why use that horrid pic?
gahhhhh

oh, and enuf of this 'find the right woman' crap.. seriously.

bad PR idea said...

not just for being Reese Witherspoon's ex

Showmance with Witherspoon was a mistake.