Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Today in Translated Jake Gyllenhaal Interviews and Shirtless Man Competitions...

Entirely because of me, Jake HAS ADVANCED QUICKLY in PopSugar's Shirtless Men Bracket.  Not only did he beat McConaughey, he also went on to win the next round by beating (of all people) Ryan Phillippe.

Now it's down to the final fourJake vs. Kellan LutzDavid Beckham vs. Taylor Lautner.

Alright.  Look.  I know - I know - we are few.  But I also know that if there is a God, the final will come down to Jake and David Beckham.  That's the only way I can accept that there's any good or justice left in this world.  So vote, damn you.  Vote...and then lose your religion along with me when we inevitably lose.

ALSO TODAY, I bring you a special treat from the wistful days of January 2006, when Jake sat down with Premiere magazine and gave an interview which was published in Portuguese so the English-dominated Jake fanbase never knew what it said.

Until now. 

So now, talking about how Robert Downey Jr thought Val Kilmer was probably a better kisser than Heath Ledger, I give to you:

Jake Gyllenhaal / Premiere Mag January 2006 – translation from Portuguese by Snow

Premiere: Is there any sense in having a premiere on a movie based on war during war times?

Jake: The movie doesn’t force people to participate in the war idea, just on the idea of thinking of it. For me it’s like respecting our authorities and those who enlist to go to the war. But it’s a different experience to everyone. For Peter (Sarsgaard) it was to do with the Air Forces and Vietnam. Though Jarhead, more than a movie about war, is a reflection about a four days war where a soldier’s life can change forever. It’s a big intimate and personal journey. I don’t support actual war. I have a friend who’s a volunteer in rebuilding schools and bridges. Those are the ones we have to honour.

Love against hypocrisy and taboos

P.: There is a huge difference between Jarhead, one of your other movies, almost having premiered simultaneously, and Brokeback Mountain.

J.G.: I filmed them at different times! It’s just a coincidence due to premiere policies. Despite the stress I went through I couldn’t reject it. No one says no to Ang Lee! It’s a very important movie and I hope the public will appreciate its real dimension.

P.: That it’s not a gay western…

J.G.: Exactly. That’s the worst and the falsest label it could possibly have. And I want to add that these two movies will be within me forever, I’ve been really touched by them. And the two books that originally inspired these movies, Anthony Swofford’s “Jarhead” and E. Annie Proulx’s “Brokeback Mountain” are extraordinary. Both are great scale writers with intense stories.

P.: Then, according to your own words, what kind of film is Brokeback Mountain and how is your character, cowboy Jack Twist?

J.G.: I would say it’s a long romance between two people that fight during 20 years to realize how they can love each other. It’s also critical towards the hypocrisy of those times because it’s taking place from 1963, when male homosexuality in a universe of countries was a complete unbreakable taboo.

P.: We find two lovers; Jack Twist is braver and daring.

J.G.: We could say that the love of his life, Ennis del Mar, is more uncommunicative, he doesn’t understand his feelings. Many times we don’t know if he wants to kiss me or hit me. Jack, on the other hand, is more secure about those feelings. The best of the movie is that it takes place during two decades and these two lovers try to trespass many obstacles, their respective marriages and the distance to go through with their love. The sexual scenes with Heath Ledger which seemed to disturb many viewers are shown in a very natural way, as any romance. Heath did a great job as he didn’t have time to prepare as Wes Bentley, the first Ennis, left the role at the very last moment.

P.: Did those scenes cause you any problem?

J.G.: I won’t lie and say that we weren’t a bit nervous. I have a good relationship with Heath. We didn’t ask questions, we went straight to it. In any case these are always uncomfortable scenes to film, doesn’t matter if it's with women or men. The best part of it was Ang Lee with his gentleness and details. Without him, everything would have been much different.

P.: And Heath kisses alright?

J.G.: Good, yes. Even though Robert Downey Jr. whom I have just filmed Zodiac with, says that Val Kilmer would be better (who he kisses in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). Ang Lee just told me to kiss harder, with the strengh of a man. You kiss a woman much softer. Sexual relations are a way of consuming your intimacy. Both act one for each other, like the ying and yang, complementing themselves making a unique soul. That’s why when we are separate and far away, we are two incomplete souls. I belong to a generation where homosexuality is not a problem. Many of my best friends are. They have educated me like that. Those who say that I will lose some fans for saying this, can choose another actor to admire.

P.: Was it a difficult decision to take part in these scenes?

J.G.: No because to me this was a love story. With any doubts different to what I have done so far. I felt moved. It’s difficult to say more without any spoilers. There is so much passion and complexity as well as gentleness.

P.: Both in Jarhead and Brokeback Mountain feelings are expressed mainly in silence, and with that great melancholic look that works so well.

J.G.: Good heavens! I have not thought about that. Good looks are from Maggie (laughs). The look and silence are important as Tony and Jack are connected by an enormous solitude.

P.: Did Ang Lee ask for something in particular?

J.G.: He was interested in that you could perfectly feel the idea of this love being one without limits. It’s a story about feelings. Heath, Ang, producer Michael Hausman and I were in Canada, by Fort Macleod, in the mountains of Alberta. We were isolated in four separate huts. We rehearsed and filmed in the exteriors and mainly the idea was taking us away by the beauty, nature and solitude. Especially solitude, which started to invade our spirit, which was what Ang really wanted. That let us perceive how solitude got Jack and Ennis into each other, to fill that great emptiness.

P.: You both express a great variety of emotions.

J.G.: We are of those types of people that decide to take their love to the limit. Though in this love we also feel pain, happiness, bitterness, attraction and rage. It’s interesting to show the public these emotions in their pure essence.

ENORMOUS thank you to Snow for doing this amazing (and extensive!) translation job for us! :)  And thanks to Monicabbm for the interview scan and thanks to Vanessa, Leslie, and PopSugar for letting me know that Jake was Final Four material!


Dani August 24, 2010 at 12:17 PM  

Thank you so much Snow for the translation! I will read it ASAP!

*runs to class*

Karolina August 24, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

I will stop believing in people if Jake loses. Honestly, without any fan-thing to Jake, he looks the best shirtless. Lutz is pale and has funny face without even trying, Beckham's chest will be sunken soon enough to not admire it (I hope I used the right words for that :P, English is not my mother tongue), Lautner... he's too young for being sexy like, for example, haha ^^, Jake. Jake looks the best of all of them. But there are two Twilight guys so... we, Jake's fans, we are in minority.

Translation looks perfect. :)

cheers :)

Anonymous,  August 24, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Thank you for getting someone to translate it! :)

Vanessa August 24, 2010 at 3:00 PM  

Wow, thank you SO much, PG & Snow for bringing us this wonderful interview from 06. Even though a lot of us have seen tons of his interviews in magazines & videos over the years, he always seems to say more in the non English ones & this one is such a great interview. It made my eyes well up with tears, & now I think I may need to watch BBM again soon.

& damn those Twi-boys! Gylls is the BEST. SHIRTLESS. MAN. EVER. anyway, but especially compared to those other 3.

PG wisely pointed out a great strategy, so vote, vote, vote for Bend it like Beckham over the werewolf! I know, it's a LONG shot, but still, it can't hurt to try, right? >;-)

Becky Heineke August 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM  

Cliched though it may be, I'm a Beckham fan. I've read Victoria Beckham's autobiography twice (what? did I just admit that in public?) and dammit if she doesn't just make you fall in love with the guy.

But he's *so* going to lose to Lautner, same as Jake will lose to Lutz, and it will be a sad, sad day for PG. :(

In happier news, I love the interview! It's such a nice little snapshot in time. I thought it was so funny that Jake said that about maybe losing fans by playing Jack Twist when that was the role that unequivocally brought in more fans than any role he's ever played (yours truly included). Seems like such a long time ago now...

Vanessa August 24, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

OK, so we know that when it comes down to the wire, the little twi-hards will literally kill themselves trying to outvote each other over the vamp & the werewolf. & we will be over here on ISJ laughing all the way home since we know who the REAL winner is in this silly contest. Those dudes don't hold a candle to Gylls & we all know it, that's what matters the most. The End.

& for the record, PG, I like the Beckhams too. & I totally adored that movie with JRM, Keira, & Parminder. It was excellent & I highly recommend it for football (soccer here in the states) or JRM fans. >;-)

Call Me Mo August 24, 2010 at 5:51 PM  

Don't forget to vote, clear cookies and browser history, and then re-vote. ;]

Call Me Mo August 24, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

I came across this from last year. At least he made it one round further this year!

Vanessa August 24, 2010 at 6:15 PM  

Mo, I find that so funny that Jake lost so badly to RPattz last year & that dude isn't even in the running this time around. Hah. But it's obvious the twi-hards were in overdrive last year too when you see those percentages.

I love how PopSugar seems to adore Jakey!

& I think Alexander Skarsgard should have beat out Lutz early on in this competition anyway. Seriously? Vamp to Vamp, Alex takes the bloody cake a gazillion times over! He is way TOO hot! ^_^

Monica August 24, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

There are more two parts of this interview in Portuguese.

Becky Heineke August 24, 2010 at 7:28 PM  

So did they not let Pattinson compete this year?? I just went through the brackets and all I know right now is that I'm gutted that Prince Harry didn't make it further. :(

That's a GREAT find, Mo. At least no matter what happens this year, it's a win in comparison! But why does Lutz keeping making it so far?! I don't understand his appeal...

P.S. I. Love. Bend It Like Beckham. :)

Becky Heineke August 24, 2010 at 7:30 PM  

Monica, there's more?!! I wasn't even sure where it came from (aside from you! :D). The anon who posted above linked to this scan in another thread... Is there somewhere we could see the other parts??

Vanessa August 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM  

Yes, please Monica, I'm sure we would all be very grateful. Do you have a link to the rest of it? I'm sure someone will be kind enough to translate more of it, at least I hope so! >;-)

Vanessa August 24, 2010 at 8:20 PM  

WOW, thanks Monica! OK, now let's hope someone can help translate the rest of it!

Anyone, anyone? Bueller??? >;-)

Katie,  August 24, 2010 at 8:22 PM  

Oh. My. God. Are these Twilight fans even watching these movies? Aside from the first one, which was arguably at least far better than the more recent two, these are cinematic duds. I was so cheesed out by the last two, I could barely sit through them. Of course, I'm disproving my own point here, its obviously the man-candy everyone's paying attention to and nothing to do with the story. To which I just have to say WOW!

On a positive note, I am slightly relieved that Jake is kind of out of the teenie-bopper limelight at the moment. (No offense to you teenage Gyllenhalics, you clearly have a more firm grip on reality!) He's a credible man with a reputable career which is way more than I can say for any of those frickin vamps/werewolves. Although, I echo Vanessa's sentiment about Alex Skarsgaard. Though my attraction to him comes nowhere near my attraction to Jake, he at least embodies his vamp-ness in a far more believable way.

Snow, you're a gem for translating that for all of us!! As I've said before, there's something about these non-American articles that are far more relevant to the actual actors themselves. So thanks!

Becky Heineke August 24, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

I think I need to jump on the True Blood bandwagon. I feel like I'm missing out with all the Skarsgaard activity...honestly, I had no idea who he was until he was up against Jake in the Pixel Project poll...

And thank you so much, Monica!! I hope you don't mind that I posted your scan...for some reason I assumed it came from your Twitter page and didn't even think to look on your site. I apologize. :-/

Monica August 24, 2010 at 8:46 PM  

No problem. I posted for everyone.

You can post what you want from my site.

Nothing Really Matters August 25, 2010 at 7:09 AM  

Dude shirtless man comps shuld happen every day! Make it happen!

Snow August 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

Wow, so much more to read on those scans! Fab! I loved the previous one, it was...different. Thanks for the compliments btw. I will translate the rest of the pages if you want, just give me some time and you'll have them!

Becky Heineke August 25, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

Snow, if you're willing to do it, we're willing to give you all the time you need!! It's a lot of work, I know, so if you don't want to, I will completely understand...

...but if you're up for it, that would be BEYOND AMAZING!!!!

Vanessa August 25, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

OMG, Snow, let me second that! I would LOVE to have the rest translated, at your convenience of course. >;-) I would be willing to bet the rest of the ISJ stalkers would love it too!

Thank you!!!

Vanessa August 25, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

Oh, eewww, I just saw THIS today from PopSugar showing TL's shirtless hairless chest & the 1st pic is him as a little kid. That just totally creeps me out & only because NOBODY should be checking out a little kid's shirtless bod. So, I do believe PopSugar is trying to help Gylls in a sly way, heheheh... I noticed Lutz's pics weren't great looking either.

Becky Heineke August 25, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

EW! Um, yeah, they've got to be trying to sabotage him if THAT'S the first picture they chose to stick in their collection. I almost said something in the post, even, about how Lautner's and Lutz's pictures for the bracket both looked like some washed out photos from someone's cell phone while the ones of Beckham and Jake were both amazing.

Yeah, we know who PopSugar really wants to win. ;) I like that in keeping with the theme of today's post, they included THIS in their Jake spread.

Vanessa August 25, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

Oh yeah! & HERE is one of my personal faves, natch, being the PoP junkie that I am. Could he be any MORE gorgeous??? Yumm-meee.

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