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Jake Gyllenhaal - 'GQ' May 2010 Cover Star!

Jake Gyllenhaal - 'GQ' May 2010 Cover Star!

Jake Gyllenhaal suits up in a J.Crew shirt and Prada suit for the May 2010 issue of GQ magazine. Here are some choice quotes from the 29-year-old Prince of Persia actor:

On working with Heath Ledger: “He was very sensitive. He didn’t always have a sense of performance in his everyday life. He knew who he was. I think actors very often, they know how to present something, and that’s part of their job. I think he was just really sensitive. We often used to do a lot of things together, because people were very interested in him and I think we felt safe together.”

On his experience filming Brokeback Mountain: “There was something magical in that time. We all slept in our trailers out by a trailer park in the first month of making that movie. I was sleeping next to Ang’s trailer; Ang’s trailer was next to Heath and Michelle’s trailer—they’d kind of moved in together. And Michael Hausman, the producer, brought his Airstream trailer down. And it was just us, by this river, for a month. And we would walk to set, and we would eat together, and we would make coffee in the morning, and I would wake up in the morning and there would be Ang Lee doing Tai Chi outside of my trailer, and it was just magical.”

On how Heath’s death affected him: “I don’t really like talking about it. That period of time was…it was difficult. He was very sensitive. He didn’t always have a sense of performance in his everyday life. He knew who he was. I think actors very often, they know how to present something, and that’s part of their job. I think he was just really sensitive. We often used to do a lot of things together, because people were very interested in him and I think we felt safe together. Even when we did Brokeback and stuff, it was like my work was the only thing that mattered to me. It was like I could only understand or define myself through doing that. Life, I didn’t totally understand. And I think I was afraid of life. And I had success in my work, enough success that you could keep going back there. But after that happened…I think I recognized that it was work. And I recognized that this is for real.”

On his life as a single man: “It’s…it’s okay.… It goes in either direction. I think it’s important for every man to find the right woman and every woman to find the right man.… Who am I to say what the most important thing in life is? The best answer I could give to any of those things is that I really don’t know. Particularly right now in my life.”

On his parents’ divorce: “I think it takes a lot of courage for my parents to make the decision that they made, and I I trust both of them and their outlook on life. They’re wonderful parents to me and my sister.”

Brother-in-law Peter Sarsgaard on a fight he and Jake had, causing them not to speak for ten days: “The nice thing is, for Jake, he doesn’t see having any argument as something that ruins a relationship. He sees it as something that could potentially help one. That’s something I learned from him. I’m extremely close with him. He’s basically my brother.”

Peter further points out, in extolling Jake’s virtues, how unusual he is: “It’s a very difficult thing—or it has been over the course of my life—for me to have respect for people like Jake, who are not self-destructive, who are positive. There are very few actors who have that quality. I go [sighs], ‘Ohhhh, motherf–ker just wants to live—f–k him.’ and my thesis with Jake is that it is genuine. He is not doing it to be more popular and more successful, it is actually who he is.”

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# 1

Great interview! He is amazing.

# 2

wth is wrong with that cover?! it’s disproportioned to the max! he is leaning too forward! his head looks HUGE! but wow, great interview lol

# 3

So sexy. So gorgeous. Love him!

# 4

Great interview,
looking forward to reading the rest!

# 5

Jake is such a good guy. You can tell by the way he talks, how he is with family. He deserves to be with someone who cares about him. I think he’s the sweetest guy in Hollywood.

# 6
callmewhatever @ 04/13/2010 at 10:38 am

Raquelle his head looks huge because IT IS HUGE!!! His head has always looked big and not proportioned, not much neck. However he still LOOKS HOT in these pics! Very handsome dude. The interview though, seems like it was jumbled in a way. He was saying one thing and then saying another, not making much sense. Just seems like his thoughts were scattered.

# 7

Why does Jake coloring look so off on the cover? Yeah Jake was so broken up after Heath’s death that he did a photo op with his beard and her kids 4 days later hiking in the park. Just imagine they went hiking in a state park (such a pap hotspot) and the paps happened to be there to capture the pics of the supportive beard and her kids help Jake through a tough time. Jake has learned the PR game and how to spin the BS well from his former beard, Reese.

# 8

he is really good looking!
like his butch (haircut) !!

# 9

love him and liza who are you to judge?

really, peter? @ 04/13/2010 at 11:13 am

“It’s a very difficult thing for me to have respect for people like Jake, who are not self-destructive, who are positive.”


he forgot to mention Anne Hathaway..?!?!

People have got to get over themselves and stop commenting about his personal life. I think it’s obvious now that Jake is a geniunley NICE guy and there are countless first-hand accounts of how generous he is with fans etc. and what are you trying to prove anyway, sitting behind your computers,. It’s strange how you, “Liza” know so much about him yet use it to BS about him..strange times we live in.

On a positive note he is one HOT man.

his head looks big cause he is really skinny and has no shoulders! he needs to bulk up!

I don’t like him. He has very predatorial eyes. It creeps me out.


I agree. He’s really a good person. Very thoughtful. And he’s hot, too! LOL!

He’a a handsome guy. I never understand why they photoshop the covers of mags so much. They make his head look huge. It is a great interview htough. He seems very genuine and humble.

@Liza: Yes,
that photo op with the beard Witherspoon was disgusting. Jake probably couldn’t think straight.

sorry, i’m sure he’s nice, talented and everything, but I’ve never find this man handsome or attractive at the very least, he has that doggie eyes just like her sister and when he smiles, he looks like a ******..

His comments on himself seem terribly confused. Odd how his statement that he doesn’t understand himself seems the clearest thing he says. I also note the ambiguous remark that “it can go either way”. Does he mean sexually or what? He hasn’t given many interviews recently. His old interviews were described as being “as confusing as the instructions with a Chinese toy.” Still seems to be the case.

Typically confusing is his statement that Heath and Michelle had “kinda” moved in together. There was no “kinda” about it. They moved in together. Stop fuzzing up your statements, Jake.

Jimmy your a thick one. @ 04/13/2010 at 12:18 pm

seriously, read the interview again, in a quiet room..jimmy.

@Jimmy: Jake was THERE, and you know better? LMAO

Former Jake Fan @ 04/13/2010 at 12:39 pm

So now the self-loathing closet case is telling everyone that the most important thing they can do is find someone of the opposite sex. Thanks for throwing your gay fans under the bus Jake. I won’t be spending my gay dollars on your next movie.

no photoshop involved…. his head is HUUUUGGGGe!
Wonder how much Bruckheimer paid for this cover. That’s the only way an actor making flop films could BE on the cover of GQ. Bought and paid for trying to promote Jake’s next flop….Prince of Persia.

the only thing I find odd is that Peter likes self-destructive people and doesn’t like positive people… okay?

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