It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Jake Gyllenhaal on the cover of a magazine and at least a couple of months since we’ve seen him here on the blog … but today we get to see him right here on Pink is the New Blog on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Details magazine. Jakey poo is promoting the imminent release of his new police drama, End of Watch as well as the film he is currently filming, An Enemy. Click below to see Jake on the cover of Details, read some excerpts from his coverstory feature and check out a photo and video from his Details photoshoot.
A dozen Jake Gyllenhaals pass by me outside En, the mobbed Japanese bistro where the actor has booked us a table. Some of these doubles are brainy types, a Gyllenhaal staple since Donnie Darko launched him to indie stardom at 20 and most recently seen in the existential sci-fi thriller Source Code. Others mimic the hyper-fit versions of Body by Jake: the ripped Marine of Jarhead, the ex-con of Brothers, the pharma rep who showed so much ass in Love and Other Drugs. There’s even a Prince of Persia Gyllenhaal, of the anime abs and shaggy hair. Granted, this is New York City’s trendy lower West Village, where the good-looking go to dine on Friday nights. And part of Gyllenhaal’s appeal has always been his Everyman-ness. Still, the sheer number of replicants is surprising. Or maybe it’s just me. As Gyllenhaal’s body of work grows, he only gets harder to peg. A-lister, art-house thespian, indie king—he’s simultaneously all and none of the above, a distinction that’s kept him just shy of Leo/Brad one-name status. That’s likely to change after this month’s End of Watch, in which Gyllenhaal gives a performance, as a South Central L.A. cop, unprecedented in its pure exposure of the man. I actually extend a hand to greet a passing six-footer with the exact buzz cut and MMA-esque physique Gyllenhaal has in the film, until the man’s glare tells me this will not be our Brokeback Mountain moment. It’s almost a letdown when the genuine Gyllenhaal hops out of a cab—scruffy-bearded, in a blue work shirt, off-brand sneakers, and drab tan chinos that nullify any shot at a memorable first impression. I understand the beard is for the role—roles, actually—in the movie he’s currently filming in Toronto, An Enemy, in which he plays a nerdy history professor obsessed with a vain actor who’s his double. But as we order a degustation menu, I start by asking him where the muscle-bound cop of End of Watch has gone. Gyllenhaal has been spending more time in New York recently, and gossip columns had the lifelong fitness nut leading spinning classes at SoulCycle and riding his bike to and from meetings, but— “I haven’t cycled in a long time,” he preempts. “Ask me where I run.” “Where do—” “I don’t run anymore. Do I take care of my body and take conditioning seriously? Yes. But exercising regularly doesn’t fit the energy of the character I’m playing now.” A beer arrives for him, half of it vanishing in the time it takes me to get the tape recorder going, and as the first three of our ten delicate courses slowly arrive, Gyllenhaal’s plates empty fast. A suspiciously large number of beautiful waitresses deliver the respective courses, glancing sideways at him as they linger over descriptions of each dish and continually align fresh sets of chopsticks. That’s the only clue I’m sitting with a celebrity.
You can read the rest of this Details magazine feature HERE and I urge you to do so, it’s a great read. The article really gives us a fresh perspective on an actor we’ve loved for a while. It seems like he’s changed a bit, grown. Here is video from Jake’s Details photoshoot cuz I know some of you are not readers and you’d rather bathe your eyeballs in Jakeness:
Sigh. Actually, it’s more … Le sigh. It’s been a long time since Jake has been a regular staple around here, I hope he’s back for a good while. I’m looking forward to seeing End of Watch but I think An Enemy sounds more interesting. What’s not to love with more than one Jake Gyllenhaal in it? NOTHING! I’m not sure how I feel about the beard but I don’t mind it too much. As long as we get to see more of Jake, I’ll take him hairy or shaved.