Thursday, August 26, 2010

Well, I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone pointed out the obvious Heath Ledger/Robbie Williams parallels...

Famed singing tattooed person Robbie Williams has joined with his former "Take That" (British for "New Kids on the Block") band mate Gary Barlow to make a music video so gay that even mentally-challenged OK! Magazine picked up on the fact that it was practically a scene-by-scene recreation of Brokeback Mountain.

The video, which is for the song "Shame," is described on Robbie Williams' website as "hilarious."  I would describe it as "probably the best Brokeback-inspired music video ever made for a song with a self-deprecating Toy 'R' Us lyric."

(Check out the badass chrome rims this motherfucker rocks on his embeddables.)

[Note: The chrome does not make up for the below-video spacing fail.]

Admittedly, a tent scene or two would have been nice, but the number of T-shirts removed around the 3-minute mark almost makes up for it.

The cold truth?  This video has made me care about Robbie Williams.


Ours can be found below getting a buzz cut and speaking Very Deep Thoughts into the camera about trying to pretend to be a marine.  But you probably won't even be able to process what he's saying because you'll be too busy making out with your computer screen.

Jarhead Diaries, Take 2!

And Take 4! (High male aggression levels ahead.)


KD,  August 26, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

Saw this last night. Love it!

Robbie Williams say what?

Phoebe,  August 26, 2010 at 12:37 PM  

Admittedly, a tent scene or two would have been nice, but the number of T-shirts removed around the 3-minute mark almost makes up for it.


The cold truth? This video has made me care about Robbie Williams.

I KNOW, right?!

Becky Heineke August 26, 2010 at 12:52 PM  

^^^ I was sending you an e-mail WHILE you were writing this comment!! See e-mail for discussion of how many times I've watched this. ;D Of course, when I saw it, I *immediately* thought of you... Hee!

KD, there you go cheating with your Jarhead watching! :D No, kidding, it took, like, a billion years to upload that one and I'm just happy it worked! I don't know if YouTube will cooperate and let us get another one up today or not, but this one needed to go in a post. The haircut vid waits for no one!!!

KD,  August 26, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

Already watched clip 4 on Youtube. I am a cheat. I'm just way to impatient. LOL

Becky Heineke August 26, 2010 at 1:12 PM  

Damn, KD! You're more on top of things than I am. :) Post amended!

Snow August 26, 2010 at 1:46 PM  

Well I was looking forward to this single + vid to come out today as a former Take That fan [rather said the British NKOTB, or so they said back then ;) ]. Song is catchy at second time and the video... well just the first seconds and I was thinking Rob and Gary were directed by Ang Lee! My gosh! So yes, it was only a matter of secs -it's sooo obvious!- before everyone would notice, I bet we will hear / read much of this following days. I expected something else... I mean it's a bit copycat... can't you even hear a horse at the very beginning?!

Becky Heineke August 26, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

Snow, SUCH a good call with NKOTB. I'm going to change that in the post because I was *so* an entire decade off there! And I hadn't even noticed the horse! This video is amazing. :D

Anonymous,  August 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM  

Love the vids, thank you PG!!

I like the close up on Jake's mug in clip 2, feels like he's right there in front of you talking to your face :D

Robbie's video is hysterical, I wonder what the public reaction will be like.

Sam August 26, 2010 at 6:26 PM  

OK!!! Before i logged onto ISJ this morning i got an email from Robbies Online fan club encouraging me to watch this video!!! (Yes, die hard Robbie fan here, ive seen him twice in concert, once i was only about 3 feet away from him!!!)

and.. WOW! Im not sure what they are getting at here but if this isnt supposed to be like brokeback mountain, im not sure they could have got it any closer!

YAY Robbie is back, married or not! YAY!

Vanessa August 26, 2010 at 7:16 PM  

I really love their new video, channeling BBM like that. Too funny. Glad they are back together even if it's just for a while. I guess we shall see.

& eventually we will have all the JH diary clips completely uploaded. Those things are so big even though they are only 1 & half to 2 & a half minutes each. So, they take like 4 to 6 hours to upload to YT. Unbelievable!

I so totally love clip 2 the most. Watching them shear off Jake's gorgeous hair is heartbreaking to me since I love it longer, but he makes me laugh with his hamming it up in front of the camera. He is so damn cute! >;-)

Anonymous,  August 26, 2010 at 7:52 PM  

I wonder that they didn't dived into that river. ha ha.

I love these Jarhead clips. I watched them over and over again!
Jake is so cute!!


Katie,  August 26, 2010 at 8:01 PM  

Maybe its my media production education talking here, but I was really interested to hear what really happened behind the scenes in the filming of the Swoff/Fergus scene. Overstepped his bounds?!? I mean I'm sure if I was the one who had a machine gun practically embedded in my cheek I might feel differently, but I really appreciate Jake's authenticity in this scene and his admission afterwards.

Dani August 26, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

I am sending this to all my friends. First I could not stop laughing thinking that clearly this video was made for Robbie and him admitting finally he had always wanted to be Jake Gyllenhaal and second, he got cold feet after a month (?) of marriage and decided to go gay.

But then... I believe this video is jewel.
Thank you so much for sharing this!

Leslie August 26, 2010 at 9:54 PM  

After having watched the movie years ago, finally seeing the diaries (I have the collector's edition, so I've seen them before) really brought home all of what went on in the making of this film - it definitely gives things a different perspective.

I love the part where Jake gets his hair cut and then sees himself in the mirror . . you can almost see him change his whole attitude right there.

My favorite scene is Swoff with Fergus and the explanation behind it from Jake just solidifies how strongly I feel about it. Which tooth did he chip exactly though? Is it the one just to the left of his front tooth?

I so appreciate all that these guys went through to achieve the level of intensity they did in this film. It really shines through. Always will be an amazing picture.

KD,  August 26, 2010 at 10:14 PM  

@Leslie - Your comment about Jake's whole demenor and attitude changing with the change of haircut is exactly what I was thinking as well! You can just see a more serious persona shine through his eyes.

About Clip 4. That is insane. Method Acting? Not quite but can you use the term "real acting" without it being a paradox?

Becky Heineke August 26, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

Honestly, the story of Jake chipping his tooth has *always* bothered me and it bothers me even more having watched that clip. Jake's justification for what he did is somehow...patronizing: "I think he knows it has to look real; I think he wants it to look real..." and "he's an incredibly talented actor." Like this guy's "professionalism" is going to allow him to overlook the fact that Jake essentially abused him to get what he needed out of that scene.

It didn't escape my notice either that when the the guy who plays Fergus got his turn, he refers to Jake as "this actor," and then got all of 2 seconds to say that things had been "resolved."

I could be reading it completely wrong, but Jake's the star, he got the bigger say, it was his scene, and I'm not convinced he really "got" what he did to the other guy. I mean, Jake's not even a method actor. He just sort of went ape-shit and it turned out great on film the end of the day it's just a movie.

Then again, I tend to transfer my emotions like that because I, too, know what it is to be angry at Jake Gyllenhaal and have no one care!! ;)

IN OTHER NEWS, the Robbie Williams thing is just as good the 25th time as it was the 1st. OH, glorious gay-themed videos! ;D

Katie,  August 27, 2010 at 12:12 AM  

PG, after reading your comment I am increasingly angered by how Jake conducted himself. I'm trying to figure out how chipping a tooth would constitute practically implanting the barrel of a machine gun into a fellow actor's cheek. I tend to have appreciation for actors really feeling the scenes they're in (case in point: Joaquin Phoenix) and, as I said before, I appreciate the authenticity. I just don't think it was the best move on Jake's part. I, too, immediately noticed Brian Geraghty reference to Jake as "this actor." So it clearly offended him tremendously. And Jake's justification does seem patronizing, to steal your term, PG. I've been trying to find the script to see if that was scripted or if it was truly an "added scene" as they refer to it. I've always really loved the reconciliation scene and Jake's voice catching. Ugh, I LOVE it. And I might love it more now as I would like to think its Jake owning up to his bad judgement and making amends for it.

Guess this means Jake and I have had our first fight. Yet another milestone in my fanship. Whoever thought the stalker stripe and the "you really pissed me off" stripe would come within a week of each other.

Lola,  August 27, 2010 at 2:04 AM  

yeah that scene was added in because jake and that actor were fighting with each other. I think the director said that and i know Jake said it to a couple of magazines, but i think in the recent GQ artcle Jake completely forgot about it or denies it which is strange.I noticed too when Brian Geraghty said "this actor" and was put off by jake's explanation of what happened, but I forgive him nobodys perfect.

Sasha,  August 27, 2010 at 5:29 AM  

I used to be a Rob-"Fan" for ages, have been to one concert and I could almost grab him ... but since his music has changed with the last album I think "we grew apart" ... (a new illusion in "fan"dome ;) ) I need to feel the music I'm listening to within myself - and if that doesn't happen I just don't listen to it.

I don't like that new song at all - again and the video neither (don't know why) ... and I never liked TT much ... for me it was alays Rob-Music :D

The diaries are really interesting - and you can literally see how Jake changes within the haircut-scene and the perception I'd have seeing him like that first time would have changed too. He is as they say in the video more of a badass with that haircut, he "shines" differently.

(I'm sorry again for my weird writing)

CigarattesAndCoffee August 27, 2010 at 6:38 AM  

Am I the only one who really hates the music video? Me and my friend Becky (who's friendship is perfect because I love Jake and she loves Heath, and everyone knows they had the best bromance in all of Hollywood ;)) were livid when we heard! And we still are. I don't know, this has just made me dislike Robbie and Take That D:

After watching the video diary...I don't know. It really does seem like he didn't understand what he'd done, if you know what I mean. But then again we don't know what happened on set, we don't know what happened between the shooting of the scene and the video diary entry. I'm not even bothered about it, really. When there's tension like that between two actors...I think shit's going to do down :/

Leslie August 27, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

As far as Jake's or Geraghty's explanations/reactions are concerned, remember . . this was for a documentary type of diary about the movie. Of course they're going to be "on" and try to give a professional response. Had we had a hidden camera and tried to hear what Jake or the other guy had to say, I'm sure things would have come out differently. Also, keep in mind that I'm sure these things were edited - just like how reality TV is: you get what the producers want you to see. I wouldn't hold Jake or Geraghty that responsible for any misrepresentation. So, PG . . sorry but I disagree with you.

Becky Heineke August 27, 2010 at 9:48 AM  

^^^ I'm perfectly okay with that! :) We can agree to disagree...and Jake was what? Twenty-four when this was being filmed? I don't know many 24-year-old males who are particularly sensitive. :) But you're right that this was all done for a documentary and the entertainment value gets top billing in that situation...though presentation aside, I still fundamentally don't agree with what he did.

I think I maybe knew a long time ago that the apology scene had been added in, but I'd forgotten. That scene is one of the best in the movie, I think...even more striking when you know the inspiration behind it.

Lola, I just looked up the GQ interview and you're right! The quote was: "I don't think I hit him. I never hit him." And then he kind of turns the question around and blames the director for possibly "manipulating" him. He also says he tried to apologize to Geraghty but "He wasn't having it." He definitely was continuing to downplay his own role in all of it...

Dammit, now you're all making me want to go watch Jarhead today! :D And we've still got 4 more videos to go!! I wonder what uncomfortable subject matter we'll get into today... :D

Leslie August 27, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

It's all about the intelligent debate, baby! ;)

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