Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Quote of the Week! (Plus the Entire Argentinian Glamour Article from Which the Quote Came)

"It's difficult to get used to this big chest..."

- Jake "So Much of What I Say in Life Works Better When Taken Out of Context" Gyllenhaal

“I would love to be a father, but I must find the right woman first.”

AHH JAKE.  Getting up so many hopes with your teasing promises of fathering unknown future babies and talking about your buff chestal region with the alacrity of a pubescent girl graduating from a training bra...

Reader extraordinaire D, who bought a copy of Glamour (Argentina) for reasons unrelated to Jake (unfathomable as that may sound), opened up her issue and found an interview inside!  Because she is awesome, she scanned the article and provided us with a translation.  So, without further ado, I present your mid-week reading assignment.  ENJOY.  There will be a test:

The Indie Prince
By Jorge PatrĂ³n

His sanction came in with Brokeback Mountain and now, at 29 years old, he is releasing the mega production Prince of Persia.  However, Jake Gyllenhaal is unconditional to independent films, where it all began.  That’s how he tells us, exclusively, from L.A.

Single with no commitments since he broke up with Reese Witherspoon [ed:  I have no idea who this woman is], the actor of Brokeback Mountain receives us in Los Angeles to talk about his new movie, Prince of Persia, and confesses he is a hopeless romantic.

How much did you have to train for this role?

The character is incredibly acrobatic.  In the videogame on which the film is based he can run on walls and I wanted for people to see the running on walls, although it may sound strange.  I worked out with a peronal trainer from Cirque du Soleil to be able to do all kinds of stunts.  It was intense and so much fun.

With leather skirts and sandals there is always the risk of looking ridiculous and the public not believing the interpretation at 100%...

Yes, it's true.  We live in a time where people pay too much attention to the visual aspect of the movie.  But there is so much talent involved in this film...  We took care from the color of the skin to the British accent, going through makeup and the proper wardrobe.  It’s been a complete commitment to the character and his world.

Actors like Viggo Mortensen go to the mountain and live alone wearing the character’s sandals for weeks.  How did you prepare?

That kind of preparation is not really my style.  This is a character that was born from a videogame but I wanted to be sure to make him as real as possible, following the script and the director’s vision of the movie.

Are you proud of the body you achieved?

(Laughs) Yes, much, but I'd rather not pay attention to that.  It's difficult to get used to this big chest...

This movie is very different than all your previous works.  Why did you decided to take this direction?

I have read many scripts like this one which ended up being “B movies.”  I like to watch those kind of films.  Since I was little I have always wanted to play a character like Indiana Jones or do what Errol Flynn did.  Those are fun roles but until now I hadn’t got any that were worth doing.  Prince of Persia was my big chance to make my mark on adventure films.  I love to work out, taking chances with what I do.  Probably my career lacks consistency, but now I like being inconsistent.

Do you take care of yourself?

Yes.  I like to take care of myself, I try to exercise every day if I can.  I go to the gym, I like to run, doing sports...  I believe it’s important because, as an actor, I depend on my body.  My personal trainer tells me I have to be in my body, feel sensual, know it.  Plus, the exercise makes me feel good.  About the diet, I also try to take care of myself as much as possible.

Your sister tells us you are a great cook...

To me food is health.  It can be a great medicine and the result of how we eat is reflected in our culture.  My best friend is a farmer and I grew up eating everything he and his family harvested.  Cooking is part of my daily life.  Everybody in my family knows how to cook.  It’s a way to really meditate into our daily routine, an expression that, in my opinion, is sensational.  I don’t have a favorite dish, I like to inspire myself with what’s in the fridge.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I just finished filming a romantic comedy with Anne Hathaway directed by Ed Zwick.  It was made with a small budget, the kind of movie that I am devoted to.  With this movie I followed my heart.  No doubt, inside me there is the kid who wants to run, live adventures, but there’s also the artist who wants to show different histories.

Caption:  Currently what I like is that my career as an actor is inconsistent.

Speaking of the heart...  You are currently single, but you must be a romantic because you seem to like playing love stories...

Everything I do is a reflection of what I am going through in my life.  Every story I pick in my life, related or not, is, in a way, the mirror of what I am living at the moment.  Many actors talk about how they hide behind the character they are playing, but I don’t do that.  I want to reflect my life.  I like the cinema, the action movies, and I think it’s important not to take yourself too seriously all the time. There is a part of me that likes eating popcorn while watching a bad movie...but I am even a little afraid to say it out loud.

Lately you are appearing half-naked in all your movies.  Are you trying to dethrone Matthew McConaughey?

That’s funny, but if you think I show too much skin in Prince of Persia, you should wait to watch the film with Anne Hathaway.  I’m naked the whole movie! (Laughs out loud.)


HAHAHA, yes, I'm sure that everyone's very first reaction to thinking about Jake naked is going to be laughter.  (Or not.)  So what have we learned?  That Jake likes bad movies, that he (literally) gets off on exercise, and that all of his movies are a reflection of his life, WHICH MEANS that the bio I wrote for the Jake in '08 presidential campaign has finally been validated.

This interview is fantastic.

Enormous thank you to D for scanning this in for us and translating it for all of us!!


Becky Heineke August 10, 2010 at 9:44 AM  

I would like to point out that D even matched the font colors in her translation. So many kudos for an impeccable work standard... :D

KD,  August 10, 2010 at 10:38 AM  

Way to go, D. You're awesomeness and dedication to Jake and his fans will forever be remembered and appreciated.

That was a great interview, despite there being 20 others like it. He just sounds to relaxed and authentic. I love how comfortable he is to admit things other actors would never dare to. Don't worry Jake, I love eating popcorn and watching bad movies to. (Jennifer's Body, Daybreakers, Land of the Lost...)

Sasha,  August 10, 2010 at 11:06 AM  

Thanks for the translation first :)

PG, I really laughed out loud when I read the comment about being naked in the whole movie this time - my innocent self :D

And though interview taken at the same timeframe alsways sound quite a like - I like Jakes, they are often funny/witty.

Sasha,  August 10, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

jeeeez, take the typos ... I've been distracted somewhat

Call Me Mo August 10, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

If you like bad movies, you should watch Zzyzx. It is literally the worst movie I have ever seen. It's a total "car crash" movie. We kept telling each other to just shut it off, but no one would do it. I guess we wanted to see if it could get worse, and what if we missed it?! I guess my big clue should've been that it's named after an exit on the drive from LA to Vegas.

Vanessa August 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

I can not stop squeeing over here!!! Please let me yell out one big HUGE thank you to D for that excellent scan & translation! LOVE THAT PICTURE!

Muchas gracias a nuestra amiga, "D", por todo! El es muy hermoso, magnifico, y fabuloso! **muah**

gyllenhaalisgr8 August 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM  

That was so, so exceptional and thank goodness the magazine was found in order to be shared! Jake's quotes are always a delight to read -- he is so darned cute, honest and literate! Thank you so much, D & PG!

Katie,  August 10, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

Okay I always feel like non-American fans get the better half of fandom. (i.e. better interviews, better shows for the music fans) I think this interview demonstrates this. They just ask better questions and Jake doesn't seem so sexually objectified...maybe that's it. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about physical Jake and I'm not about to say I'm not. There's just such a spiritual aspect to this interview that I haven't gotten from Jake before. And I'm kind of pissed at American culture that they prefer the six-pack to who Jake really is. He's more than just a pretty face dammit!!

Katie,  August 10, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

And thank you to D for a most wonderful contribution!!! Good lord, the picture would have been enough!!

Becky Heineke August 10, 2010 at 1:11 PM  

Katie, I agree with you completely on the objectification. It's almost become standard in a lot of American magazines to start off their profiles of celebrities with a lengthy description of what they look like in person (as if that was the most important part of defining someone). Only later do they get around to asking anything substantial. Unfortunately, the culture seems to push the actors as the product instead of the movies themselves...

At any rate, the interview was definitely good and I'm very appreciative that D gave us the opportunity to read it! :)

Anonymous,  August 10, 2010 at 8:51 PM  

Hi! Prophecy Girl!
I read your blog everyday recently.
This is my first comment.
Today's article of Jake's intervew is very interesting to me.
Thank's so much! And you are awesome!!

Dani August 10, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

First, let me tell you I am really happy to share this interview with all of you. Spread the J-stalkerish love seems to have become a life mission (PG, let me know when you want to start the Argentinian branch of ISJ.com)
Second, a round of applause to my mother for forcing me to study english and sending me all my life to bilingual school (clearly, MAYBE, I have never share this article if not for her).

I have read all your comments. I love bad movies too which makes me wonder if Jake ever did a bad movie or am I just biased?!

Katie and PG, I 100% agree! It's truly incredible the diference and what they talk about in the magazines. As a fan who can read/speak two lenguages, almost always I found this little details you talk about. Clear example being the objectification and the question the journalist ask.
Sad indeed. I would like to know more about their philosophy in life (if they have any) and such.

I love you J-stalkers.

Dani August 10, 2010 at 9:28 PM  


PG, thank you soooo much for posting the article!!

Becky Heineke August 10, 2010 at 9:54 PM  

Anon - thank you so much!! For both reading and commenting!! :D I'm glad you liked the article! (And the blog!) (Lots of exclamation points today! ;D)

Speaking of the article...thank YOU, D! :D As a stereotypical American who only speaks/reads one language, I wind up missing a lot of foreign interviews with Jake simply because I don't have access to a translation. So it's really interesting that you noticed exactly the same thing about the differences in the way some of these interviews are conducted. I'm with you 100% on wanting to know the deeper stuff...

On a lighter note, when the Argentinian branch of ISJ opens, you are SO IN CHARGE. :D And I'm very glad that your mother's insistence on your taking English has benefited us!!

Dani August 11, 2010 at 12:30 AM  

I will more than gladly write it down on my CV, lol!
If I find anything else, ever, I will let you guys know.


Anonymous,  August 11, 2010 at 7:02 AM  

ERM. People are posting Jake has died on twitter!! This is NOT funny. In fact it's an incredibly lame and childish prank.

R.I.P Jake Gyllenhaal :(
7 minutes ago via web

@laurayvette yeah :/ yesterday at 9:08pm jake gyllenhaal died
11 minutes ago via Chromed Bird

:( jake gyllenhaal, come back to life :( rip
19 minutes ago via MySpace

22 minutes ago via web


OMG :s jake gyllenhaal died last night at 9:08pm :( RIP

These people need to be punished SEVERELY for making me FREAK OUT like this.


KD,  August 11, 2010 at 7:10 AM  


Who is responsible for this mockery? Ahh, the trend will probably die soon. Those types of stories happen all the time in the celebrity world. It'll be dispelled soon enough.

Becky Heineke August 11, 2010 at 7:28 AM  

What the fuck?! Twitter death rumors have got to be my least favorite thing about the entire concept of social networking. And that one is even dumber than usual because who the fuck would spread the goddamned time like that?

I'm out the door to go for a run and will look more into this horror when I get back...

coffeecat August 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM  

How awesome is D, the translation, scanning and the interview itself? Very. It is very awesome.

Thank you

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