(Because I like to throw in something a little extra every once in a while, today we're learning Memphis slang.)
There was a time in his life (May), when Jake Gyllenhaal was in a movie. It was a movie called Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and it was movie to which we all owe a large debt of gratitude, for it was the movie that gave us this:
In a mere THREE DAYS, people who are U.S. citizens (and/or residents of other countries where Prince of Persia has not yet been released in home-viewing form) will have the opportunity to be sitting at home watching this film.
In the meantime, every news outlet in the Western Hemisphere is trying to remind us how much we want to go out and buy it. Suddenly, there are interviews and articles galore! They're re-running some of the classics (hair extensions, annoyingly enormous shoulder muscles, ostrich fear), and also bringing out some new material...
Like here, we've got Gemma Arterton rattling off Jake's admirable qualities in list form (she could only think of four):
1. He is devastatingly handsome.
2. He is lovely, amiable and friendly. [Except to ostriches.]
3. He has a sense of wit.
4. And despite mega fame, he is extremely grounded and humble. [Except to ostriches.]
(For more on how humble Jake is, here is an article about how he always kept his sunglasses on when he was inside, and how he told Gemma Arterton, constantly, that she was a "commoner.")
Other Prince of Persia articles of interest:
DVDActive saying the DVD and Blu-Ray extras don't totally suck (to be honest, I stopped reading after the first screencap).
The Daily Mail going all homoerotic on us (parkour and British accents straight ahead).
And last, but certainly not least, THIS ARTICLE, where Jake admits all women should be impressed with him and doesn't even correct the interviewer when (s)he gives him credit for both Spider-Man and Batman (refer to "humble" discussion above).
There's actually more, but WHO WOULD EVEN READ THIS MUCH. (I sure didn't...I read most of it, though.)
So Merry Christmas in September! And if you're utterly overwhelmed right now and don't even know where to start in reading through all of this, you can instead just look at the picture above and the one below and contemplate how eerily similar Jake's facial expression is in both.
I just blew your mind, didn't I? It's what I'm here for.
HUGE thank you to Sophie and Vanessa!