Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Yes, Yes, Jake Witnessed a Gang Shooting; Now Let's Tie It to Harry Potter!

It's my running joke (which works only because it's true) that Jake Gyllenhaal is a boring person.  The vast majority of the time, his life is about as interesting as anyone else's, which is to say not even remotely interesting enough to write about with anything approaching regularity.  Thus my propensity for making shit up.

But last week, two legitimately unusual things happened in the world of Jake:  he was a guest on the season premiere of Man vs. Wild, and he witnessed a gang shooting while doing a ride-along with the LAPD as part of his research for his role in End of Watch.

As is likely painfully clear, I offered full coverage of neither event.

My life last week did not include sleeping in a snow cave or cruising by real-life violence in a police car, but it was interesting within the context of me.  Some major life shit went down...and of course we had the release of the final Harry Potter film...

I was thinking about all of it as I lay in bed last night, and then I started thinking about this blog and waiting for the guilt that inevitably comes when I realize I haven't posted anything here in a while.  When the guilt didn't come, my train of thought shifted to why that was...

Jake was just doing his job last week.  When he showed up to Iceland a few months back, he wasn't actually morphing into a survivalist.  He was spending 48 hours with a camera crew under the guidance of a trained professional for the sake of making good television (the success of that goal being somewhat under debate).  And hanging out with the cops for a day doesn't give him any sort of in-depth appreciation for the harsh realities of making your living on the streets of Los Angeles year after year; it gives him insight into how to pretend well enough to entertain movie-goers who don't know any better.

And I guess that's maybe why these supposedly "interesting" things weren't really all that interesting to me last week. 

In a recent interview, Daniel Radcliffe (God bless him) said that one of the things he does to keep himself grounded is remind himself that when he gets out of the car at a premiere, the screaming isn't for him.  It's for Harry Potter.  Anyone who landed the role of Harry would have gotten those screams.  The true power lies in the story, not in his personal appeal.

And isn't that true of every celebrity?  I mean, honestly, at the very root of it, don't we applaud the fame above the person himself?  Jake's a good-looking guy, but how would you react to running into him if he weren't famous?  I'll go out on a limb and say there would be far less shaking and freaking out if instead of acting in movies, he was working behind the counter at Starbucks.

July 15 marked the fifth anniversary (!) of my first post on Jake Watch.  That is a long goddamned time.  In the past half-decade, I have learned many things (it is, after all, "all about learning"), but one lesson seems to have reared its head over and over and over again.  Fame is currency.  And at a much more impressionable era in my life, I got swept up by a guy who doesn't know how to spend his very well.

So I apologize for not commenting on the gang shooting thing.  But the truth is that I'll always find it more interesting when Jake winds up on an adventure for his own sake, and not for the sake of his audience.

Sort of related...here is DanRad on The Daily Show last night.  And no, there is no reason to post this other than it's my blog and I am one of the world's biggest motherfucking Harry Potter nerds. #noshamewhatsoever


Vanessa July 19, 2011 at 4:17 PM  

Welcome back to the land of the living, PG!!! Sorry, I couldn't resist that, but then again, I have not actually felt like I've been alive lately, so maybe I should have said that about me. Although, seeing my precious Harry Potter final film made me feel more alive than I have in a very long time. Thanks for posting about HP! I saw Jon's show last night & was sooo glad he had Dan on there, it was great, he is so humble, which makes him that much more likeable to me. & I totally agree with your assessment of Gylls.

OK, I didn't mean to write a book, but I wanted to say I truly enjoyed this post today, thanks for the big laugh, I really needed it! >;-)

Sam July 19, 2011 at 4:31 PM  

It's all about learning!!! Haha!

At least you've learnt to make a joke out of such a mean thing!

Harry Potter was great, it's something people will (i think) talk about for a very long time to come. I don't feel like its over yet... Jake? Who knows, maybe another year or two, maybe another 50. I'll be here for both of them always.

coffeecat July 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM  

DanRad: total geeky giggly nerd *loves*

p.s. I bet there is a lot of broom burn after those Quiddich games!!

coffeecat July 19, 2011 at 4:37 PM  

Becky, if a person wanted to know the origin of, "It's all about learning.", where would they find it??

Becky Heineke July 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM  

You can find out ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW about the world-famous quote, "It's all about learning," in the fascinating and engrossing book I'm Stalking Jake!, by Becky Heineke. ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE READING IT!!!

So this was one of these posts that I put up thinking everyone would ignore, but I seem to have forgotten that people who like Jake tend to have good taste (mostly) and thus are Harry Potter fans.

YAY HARRY POTTER LOVE! (And yay for no hate mail yet in defense of Jake. ;))

Vanessa July 19, 2011 at 10:06 PM  

I agree, yay for the HP love!!! It is now over half a billion $$$ worldwide at the box office in only 4 days! That is totally unbelievable. Wow, I guess we aren't the only ones that love HP... Damn, that kind of money just boggles the mind.

Anonymous,  July 20, 2011 at 5:53 AM  

Loving the post - and you are so right with your words...tho since Jake is soooo my type I would have a huge grin and a "coffee overload" in no time if he'd work in a starbucks near me x)


Becky Heineke July 20, 2011 at 2:41 PM  

^^^ HAHA! Starbucks profits would skyrocket. :D

YAY FOR HARRY POTTER!!!!! Every time that movie breaks a record, a part of my soul stands up and sings. :)

Anonymous,  July 20, 2011 at 7:12 PM  

Sorry to post this here since it's a bit OT but . . did you ever figure out what those black minimalist running shoes are that Jake wears? I know a few posts back you were trying to see what they were. I can't place the brand/style.

Becky Heineke July 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM  

I don't think we ever did figure out what those shoes were! If anyone has any insight on this, let me know...

Anonymous,  July 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM  

some new pics - with bald head http://justjared.buzznet.com/2011/07/21/jake-gyllenhaal-bacl-work-end-watch/

PG - I gotta say, with this style and being a coffeeshop-worker, I wouldn't get too much of a coffee overload...
hahaha call me shallow x)


Vanessa July 21, 2011 at 3:20 PM  

Gotta say, I definitely ain't liking his hairstyle in this movie. I adore longer hair on men & even though I liked his look in Jarhead OK, this looks yucky to me. I'll still see the movie regardless. >;-)

coffeecat July 21, 2011 at 5:09 PM  

Yay for Harry Potter and it's smashing record! I just saw the movie and LOVED it, no I lurved it xxx

Sam July 21, 2011 at 5:31 PM  

The shaved head reminds me of Jarhead... i kinda like it. Much better than POP hair!

Anonymous,  July 24, 2011 at 12:50 PM  

Any truth to these rumors that Stephen Gyllenhaal is getting married this weekend and Jake/Maggie, et al. are in Hawaii for the wedding?

Becky Heineke July 24, 2011 at 5:23 PM  

I thought Stephen had already gotten married...but I'll be the first to admit I'm not the best at keeping up with these things! The wedding very well could be this weekend...

Anonymous,  July 25, 2011 at 12:25 PM  

The wedding pictures are awesome and Jake looks great - they all do!

Becky Heineke July 25, 2011 at 2:40 PM  

For those who are interested...pictures.

(Thanks, Vanessa! ;))

britpopbaby July 26, 2011 at 4:52 AM  

Deep, dude, deep. I imagine an adventure of Jake's own doing would probably bike riding or some shit and, speaking from experience, blogging about that was quite boring too.

Becky Heineke July 26, 2011 at 1:48 PM  

Biking! Those were the days... With alarming regularity, I keep running into people who are part of the Austin, TX biking community who have ties to Jake. None of them have been able to offer me any information that halfway resembles something interesting though. (That's how I know they're telling the truth.)

Also, the more I think about it, the more I'm genuinely hurt that I wasn't invited to the wedding. I can't *imagine* that all of those people in attendance are as important to the Gyllenhaals as I am.

britpopbaby July 26, 2011 at 4:10 PM  

Ditto. If I'd known about the wedding I just would have shown up with my signed copy of Claptrap as a presumed wedding invitation.

Becky Heineke July 26, 2011 at 4:41 PM  

Based on the tone of affection he used to sign your copy, I think you had full grounds to show up in the capacity of a jealous ex.

britpopbaby July 27, 2011 at 3:38 AM  

Me, Cantara and Naomi. Party.

Becky Heineke July 27, 2011 at 9:16 AM  

HAA!! I'd pay to be a fly on the wall at that shindig.

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