Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I See There's Behind-the-Scenes Drama with Nailed. Something New Then!

Once upon a time, in 2008, Jake Gyllenhaal (see masthead) and Jessica Biel (see Seventh Heaven...oh wait, don't) made a movie together called Nailed.  The movie was about...it was about...uh...tell you what.  I'm going to let IMDb tell you what the movie was about:

A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, DC, where sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause - but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?

Unfortunately, we have no idea what happens when love interferes with what you stand for because this movie has yet to be released.

We know that it was filmed (or at least Jake's parts were) because Jake was seen on set looking like a movie star.

Sample Photographic Evidence:

Obviously movie-star-like behavior:


And what's more movie-star than a lady-servant carrying an umbrella for Jake while an orphan child scampers in his wake?

Anyway, before, during, and after filming, a bunch of stuff happened wherein grown men who were working on the film started acting like teenage girls and then there were budget problems and for a while it looked like Nailed would never see the light of day...

And now it looks even more like that.  David O. Russell, director and writer of the film, has quit.

And even though right now everyone is being all polite and "professional" about this latest (and lowest) blow to the production, I just have to wonder what everyone's goddamned problem is.  Because what it looks like to me is that a lot of people all up and down the totem pole took themselves entirely too seriously, and now even if this movie does get released, it'll be shit, because how could it not be.

And that means that Jake had to comb his hair like this for no reason:
And I am not okay with that.

Thank you to Cantara and to Leslie for the complementary links and for alerting me to this news!

16 comments:

KD,  July 14, 2010 at 3:25 PM  

How could he quit? That just seems so unprofessional to me. Even if you are having problems with the producers and financiers, a director should still finish a project regardless to the best of his/her ability! This is insane.

I just hope that one day we will get to see Nailed and it won't be a disaster of a film.

Lena July 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM  

What the hell?? Some people really never grow up, do they?
"the final straw for Caan was during a scene in which his character is supposed to be choking on a cookie. Russell instructed Caan to cough and choke at the same time during the scene, which Caan thought was impossible for a human being to do both"
You've got to be kidding me. Is that for real or did the reporter make it up because I refuse to believe ANYONE, whether they're 5 or 50 yrs old, would argue over something like that?!?
Sweet Jesus, how does anyone take them seriously if they behave like this. How do they even get hired??
Poor Jakey.
And I was looking forward to his sex scene with Biel.
Damn.
The funniest part is when you click the second link on D.O.Russell you see "buy Nailed on Amazon" right below the title "Director Quits". So they're already selling the dvd even though the director quit mid production? The sale must go on :)
They should release a behind the scenes dvd, now that'd be a REAL comedy.

Gail,  July 14, 2010 at 4:28 PM  

I want this movie to be finished and in the theaters. It looks like a funny movie. Jake is great with comedy.

Call Me Mo July 14, 2010 at 4:39 PM  

I do not like Jessica Biel at all so this is a win in my opinion. ;] The forces of good are working together on this one. Jake in a rom-com just seems like it would be kinda awkward.

S4M985 July 14, 2010 at 4:41 PM  

It seems such a waste of Jake material if this doesnt go ahead... For that reason i hope it does!

Vanessa,  July 14, 2010 at 4:59 PM  

OMG, PG, thanks for this. I really want to see this movie, I read in another article that Jake's character is an immoral congressman that takes advantage of Biehl's character's newly found wild sex drive. Well, that must mean we will get some hot Gyllensex. Yeah baby.

Lena, you are too funny, you guys just crack me up! I love it, they already have a link to buying it on DVD & it isn't even finished, hahaha... Actually that link is for yet ANOTHER movie called Nailed from 9 years ago, geez Amazon, get with the program!

I so agree that a behind the scenes would probably make a funnier movie with everyone acting like spoiled children & all, at least our guy is a TRUE professional, he doesn't lose it & act the fool ever, right? No, he just cracks everybody up by being their onset jester. Of course that is what makes him so charming. STILL waiting on what are sure to be majorly HOT sex scenes, come on with it already! Don't they know that cheating the Gyllenho's out of hot Jake sex is downright dangerous?

KD,  July 14, 2010 at 5:20 PM  

Whoa Whoa WHOA.

HOT SEX SCENES? Why was I not informed of this earlier?! Now we MUST save this film!! Think of all that golden footage collecting dust in some warehouse! Inconceivable!

Biel is alright. I don't particularly dislike her, but I haven't seen anything of hers that really wowed me.

Prophecy Girl July 14, 2010 at 5:25 PM  

OH KD. This was the big thing about Nailed. MUCH in the way of sex. ;)

And to address everyone else's comments in one overly long post, ACTUALLY *looks up meekly* I purposefully didn't include a link to any of the numerous places online that reported that Jake himself had what many described as a "hissy fit" on set. I didn't do so because I don't know if that's true or not, and I have read places that if it was true, he was reacting other people's bad behavior. But the God's honest truth is that in April of 2008, when Jake was on set, I was still mourning Heath Ledger and not really keeping up with what was going on with Jake's career...

ERGO, I don't know the intricacies of what happened with this movie, but I do know that a lot of people left/dropped the ball and the people who didn't leave/drop the ball did a lot of work which may or may not be seen.

To make a completely baseless judgment call, it seems like maybe this movie probably hasn't been the best experience for Jake (and if my emotional state was low during this era, I can't even imagine what his was like) and to see it drag on and get all weird and bitter with no final resolution is just...irritating. :-/

Katie,  July 14, 2010 at 9:40 PM  

You are all hilarious!!

I have to say that in my personal opinion, it kind of seems to me like it would be better if Nailed remained to be a "never was." Aside from the actors in the film (though I am admittedly not a big fan of Biel) nothing is very intriguing about this movie. And being a student of Media Production, if the director peaced out you can pretty much kiss suit-clad Jake goodbye. Unless they've employed rogue editors. If that's the case, more power to 'em!

And I'm a little upset about the umbrella picture...although Jake's pretty adorable in track pants...still doesn't make up for it. Well, almost...

KD,  July 14, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

Hissy fit? Well, I don't blame him. From what I've read about the entire production, it seemed like it went through multiple hiatuses, stop and gos, and essentially a lot of time wasted. It's hard to give a good performance when the atmosphere is...tense, so to speak.

Though...I DO wish to see the film in the end, even if it's not a very polished version. (Those sex scenes can't be left unappreciated!!)

Anonymous,  July 15, 2010 at 2:14 AM  

Kris Allen, was asked which male celebrity he would take to a desert island.His reply was Jake Gyllenhaal.

http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/48880524.html

happydogblog

KD,  July 15, 2010 at 2:40 AM  

I ALWAYS LIKED KRIS ALLEN. I KNEW THERE WAS A REASON.

(I have a few of his covers)

On another note, this is my last comment for a while! I'll be traveling the next two to three days so I won't have internet access until a while from now! Just writing to say adios in the mean while! I can't wait to read up on all the posts (and comments) I'm going to miss!

I will miss you all! You guys are the internet family I have always wanted!

Prophecy Girl July 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

Katie, the umbrella pic is not a fave of mine either...

HappyDogBlog, you are always full of wonderful tips! Thank you!! :D

KD!!! We'll miss you!!! :( Come back to us as soon as you can...and safe travels!! I, for one, will be anxiously awaiting your fabulous reports from exotic lands, so that I may live vicariously through you. :)

coffeecat July 15, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

Really. She takes a nail to the head. Really?

Lena July 16, 2010 at 6:56 AM  

Hissy fit? Hahaha, oh baby! Did I say they should release the behind the scenes footage or what! Watching Jake having a hissy fit would be a totally new experience (and a new role for him! Jake Gyllenhaal starring as the spoiled angry baby. Awesome!)
Don't worry Jakey, I still love you. At least it wasn't an argument about whether you can cough and choke at the same time! For gods sake, that's downright embarrasing for Caan. If you're gonna argue, let it be about something manly...

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