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article imageJake Gyllenhaal reveals the truth of the 'Source Code' Special

By Earl Dittman     Aug 8, 2011 in Entertainment
From his critically-acclaimed performance in 'Brokeback Mountain' to the action/adventure of his latest sci-fi film, 'Source Code' (now on Blu-ray/DVD) the L.A.-born actor has fashioned himself a strong, lengthy career that will garner him ton of awards.
Nattily dressed in a baby blue sports shirt, dark charcoal suit and no tie, Jake Gyllenhaal is one leading man who goes out of his way to dress normally or like a part of the crowd. He does not go out of his way to be the center of attention. His chooses to remain in the background, and a lot of that may have a lot to do with the fact that he comes from a movie family -- his father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, his mother, producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner and the brother of Batman Begins actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (they co-starred together with played with his sister in Donnie Darko). "I just like to go out there and just do my job," the 31-year-old admits. "I just don't see it as being very beneficial to me to talk about my private life or my acting techniques. Working in front of the camera or onstage is what you need to build your strength and abilities as an actor or personal life. It kind of has a negative effect on who I am playing."
Jake Gyllenhaal & Michelle Monaghan in  Source Code
Jake Gyllenhaal & Michelle Monaghan in 'Source Code'
Starting his career off with amazing, critically-acclaimed performances in 1999's October Day, Donnie Darko and Moonlight Mile followed by the apocalyptic, world disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow, the press-shy Jake began to develop a career that was off to winning start. While he proved he had the kind of box office clout to play the leading man in Number One motion pictures, his next film, Brokeback Mountain, would demonstrate he was an award-caliber actor and a favorite with the critics. Co-starring with Heath Ledger in a heartbreaking movie about 1960s male cowboys who fall in love with each other, he received unanimous worldwide praise. While Ledger won practically every Best Actor statuette he was nominated for, (both before and after his accidental overdose) Gyllenhaal did almost as well in the Best Supporting Actor category -- he would win a BAFTA (British Oscar) and a MTV Movie Award and would be nominated for Brokeback Mountain by the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Award to name just a few. Jake was now an actor that could chose his own projects and the studios had the confidence to cast him in the male leading roles of high-dollar, sword and sandal blockbuster fare such as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. After Prince Of Persia, Gyllenhaal added several more blockbuster and cult hit films to his credit -- Brothers, Rendition, Love An The Other Drugs, Zodiac and Jarhead -- before his recent action-thriller, Source Code. Directed by the filmmaker behind Moon, Duncan Jones, the cinematic son of rock 'n' roll icon David Bowie, the Source Code is a sci-fi ride to the extremes of excitement. Jake Gyllenhaal headlines the sci-fi time-travel thriller as Captain Colter Stevens.
Jake Gyllenhaal & Michelle Monaghan travel back in time in  Source Code
Jake Gyllenhaal & Michelle Monaghan travel back in time in 'Source Code'
As the film begins, a bomb explodes on a downtown Chicago train, derailing the locomotive and killing hundreds of riders. In an attempt to identify the bomber and prevent another, larger attack on downtown Chicago, Captain Stevens, initially, agrees to take part in a clandestine government experiment dubbed "Source Code" -- headed by a determined scientist (Jeffrey Wright). The "Source Code" system allows the Captain to enter the body of an anonymous male passenger for just eight minutes before the train blows-up and the man is killed. During his first few trips back, Captain Stevens has trouble gathering enough information to prevent the second attack. But, the government official (Vera Farmiga) he talks to before and after every mission seems to be hiding something important or seemingly vital about the mission. And, when he wants to try and save a girl he has grown fond of (Michelle Monaghan), they refuse to give it a thought. With time quickly running out, he repeats the mission ad nauseam in a desperate race to head off one of the most deadly terrorist attacks ever to take place on American soil. Armed with the task of identifying the bomber of a Chicago commuter train, Colter must re-live in the incident over and over again, gathering clues until he can solve the mystery, and in one way or another they are all involved in being a part of an experimental government program -- to disarm a terrorist and a secret that will change his life forever.
Gyllenhaal, incredibly tight-lipped about his personal life, practically refuses to answer any questions about his recent breakup with longtime gal-pal Reese Witherspoon. He also dismisses any talk about a relationship with Taylor Swift and prefers to keep his interviews limited to making his movies.
Jake Gyllenhaal travels back in time in  Source Code
Jake Gyllenhaal travels back in time in 'Source Code'
What made you interested in portraying Captain Colter Stevens in Source Code?"I would have to say it was two things, the screenplay (by Ben Ripley), but mostly because of the director, Duncan Jones. Duncan made the most extraordinary movie with his debut film, Moon. I thought he and I would really work well together doing Source Code. And we did. Also, Duncan had this inherent trust in me, as an actor, and that felt good. I had weeks to work with someone as extraordinary as him, and it was like a godsend, you know. But I was also lucky to such a great character. He is someone I could look up to in participating in the Source Code program."
Do actors ever need any decompression time to get back to normal after doing love scenes or even something like the incredible action scenes in the Source Code?"Well, the making of any movie is always full of its own odd moments. When you do a serious scene where no one can't stop laughing or there is an intense moment and you are supposed to break tables and chairs, and can't get it right and you have to go and put everything back in -- that's what I love about making movies. So that's just the great fun and irony of movies -- that people are made to look like idiots! But who are extraordinary at their jobs? And you have like, these two actors in this movie, who are taking themselves way too seriously. I just wanted to give a great performance."
In Source Code, the Captain begins to have a feelings for a woman that he believe he can save during one of the eight minutes missions. When you are doing a movie, is there ever any jealously between yourself and your significant other when either of you have to do really intimate scenes in your movies? "Never. For us, it's art, and we’re artists, so we understand."
Jake Gyllenhaal & Michelle Monaghan travel back in time in  Source Code
Jake Gyllenhaal & Michelle Monaghan travel back in time in 'Source Code'
Do you consider yourself a fairly romantic guy? What makes a good romantic life?"I think romance coincides with effort, so you can fall flat on your face as long as you’re making great effort in romance. Effort always comes off as romantic. If you’re someone who doesn’t cook, you make a meal. You can do anything that has a bit of vulnerability about it."
What would you say is the most romantic gesture you've ever made?"Well, I’m a little bit of a workaholic, so there was a time when I was working hard in another country with just one day off. I flew back from that country to see someone for just an hour and then I flew back. I thought it was a really romantic gesture and I ended up with a whole bunch of frequent flier miles for my show of love."
Is it tougher doing love scenes, than it was doing an action sequence?"It depends on the film. For in instance, in Love and Other Drugs, there were a few times I felt a little uncomfortable, mainly during the shots when I wasn't wearing anything -- I mean, nothing. (laughs) But, most of time, I was wearing sweat pants. In that case, the action in Source Code was probably tougher than a than the scene I did with Anne."
Love and Other Drugs basically asks the question if two friends can be lovers without falling in love. Do you think it's possible?"Can friendship survive sex without feelings getting involved? I don’t know if that’s possible. I wouldn’t know? I haven’t been fortunate enough to try one of those relationships out. (laughs) You know, I really think that whomever you’re with as a partner does need to be your friend, too. All the really successful, happy relationships I know of feature two people who are together as friends, too. I don’t know if sex always has to have feelings, but friendship always does. If you’re friends you will have feelings of some sort."
Jake Gyllenhaal on the train back in time in  Source Code
Jake Gyllenhaal on the train back in time in 'Source Code'
One of your most recent films, Brothers, had a war theme to it, and as country we were still sending more men to die in Afghanistan. Did it affect your performance in the Source Code? How do you feel about the war, in general?"Well, do you want to talk about the movie, or do you want to talk about current politics? Because I hate hearing actors talk about politics! But if you want to hear me talk about politics, then we can have that discussion."
Yes, I'd like to know how you feel about both."Well, to be honest, because I haven't been, before this moment -- to be clear! I would like to say that I think there's a tendency for journalists to want to corner a movie like this into a certain...corner! And in this movie, it's hard to separate the soldier, from the life that soldier lives, you know? Like if you see a man in uniform, then the movie is about war, And the movie is about a man getting to get back to the things he loves, in my opinion. I've made movies about war. So I feel like I can say that. And I've answered many, many questions about that before, you know? And how do I feel about what's happening? I still have great faith in our president. And I believe that he'll make the right choices. Look, it's complicated. We are human beings. And soldiers are human beings. They have lives. And for me, I didn't approach it like that. Because I didn't play that part. I played a guy who's in jail at the beginning of the movie. And to me, that's an interesting aspect, politically. Which is actually a domestic issue. And I didn't know that much about it, until I did research for the movie. I went to jails all around California, and juvenile halls. And I got involved in a writing program, as a result of doing research for this movie, with these young juveniles who write. I have relationships with some of them, and some of them have actually gone on to serve life sentences in some cases, And all of them, strangely, regardless of what has happened to them and their fate, are incredible kids. And to me, that's also an important aspect of this movie. That here's this guy who comes out of jail after he holds up a bank. And then he ultimately turns his life around. To care for two children, and to love, you know? And so it is with the thing about war, is that it outshines everything else. But to meet these kids that were in this system, where it seems impossible to redeem themselves -- my life changed, making this movie, Because of that, because of meeting those kids."
Jake Gyllenhaal on a  Source Code  mission
Jake Gyllenhaal on a 'Source Code' mission
How did your time doing research in the prison system change your feelings, in terms of the research for the acting?"I mean, you make movies, and so much is about this process now. You know, selling a movie. Or making it look good for an audience, or whatever. And the special moments that happen in movies, are the lessons that every movie has. Like for everybody involved in it. And I went through a journey in the prison system. But look, I don't know how it can't change your life when you meet a kid, who the day before was sentenced to life. And whose girlfriend had to testify against him. So I don't know how you could be breathing, and not have something like that change your life. Like they get one hour outside a week, and they're fourteen years old. It's now changed to an hour a day, but it was an hour a week when I got there. That is not to say that they've done perfect things. But it is to say that it can't not change my life. And another kid with the LA Conservation Corps started telling us all these stories, And they were unreal. To me. Like hiding meth in the back of a lamp of a four wheel drive vehicle, driving over the border. And he was sixteen years old. And he told these stories like he was Homer. They were literally like tales. But he's changed his life. He's actually working now in the governor's office in Sacramento. So it's those things. It's like you look at a movie and go, yeah. It's a movie. But that's the stuff that I care about. So anyway. that's all!"
Did the CGI effects for the Source Code often keep you on the set for long periods of times?"Not at all. What really was exciting about doing the special effect scenes was that a lot of the times the day is set aside for you, alone or for just Vera. So, that would allow Duncan to shoot more than one scene. And, sometimes, I could shoot more than one scene than one. So, I have no complaints about the GCI."
Source Code Blu-Ray Bonus Features: "Access: Source Code" - Get the ultimate insider's look at Source Code, where you can activate a variety of dynamic "scene specific" features: listen to interviews with cast and crew, hear an expert's comments on time travel, go behind the science with animated documentary shorts on time travel, and enjoy trivia and facts as you watch the movie. Audio Commentary with Director Duncan Jones, Writer Ben Ripley and Actor Jake Gyllenhaal).
As the summer grows hotter, you can cool yourself down by spreading your wings and start dancing and singing to the hot Latin sounds from birds of RIO. A brand-new, animated comedy-adventure, RIO features the vocal and singing talents of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Rodrigo Santoro,, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch and Wanda Sykes. Vivid characters and colorful backdrops energized by Latin and contemporary music makes RIO a lush and lavish musical and dance show for audiences of all ages. Jesse Eisenberg gives voice to Blu, a domesticated Spix Macaw living thousands of miles away from his homeland in Brazil. Once his human owner Linda (Mann) realizes that he is the last male of his species, they head south to Rio de Janeiro to meet the only other female. There, Blu falls for the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel (Hathaway). But there is trouble when the two new lovebirds are captured by greedy bird smugglers, but escape, only to find themselves lost in the Brazilian rainforest. Finding themselves in peril together, they take off on a hysterical and clumsy adventure where they learn about friendship, love, courage and spreading one’s wings to fly. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Explore the World of RIO" Music Video featuring, Beach, Jungle, City and Stadium; "Blu Shows the Way (Introduction)"; "Boom-Boom Tish Tish: The Sounds of RIO"; "The Making of Hot Wings"; "Saving the Species: One Voice at a Time"; "The Real RIO"; "Welcome to RIO Music Video"; "Deleted Scene: "Fruit Stand"; "Postcards from RIO"; "Carnival Dance O Rama" with Intro, Blu, Jewel, Luiz, Monkeys, Nico and Pedro, Raphael, Samba Line; Rio de JAM-eiro Jukebox; Taio Cruz –Telling the World Music Video; Angry Birds RIO – Trailer; Angry Birds Rio – Nigel Mash Up; Angry Birds RIO – Instructional Video and Live Lookup Powered By IMDB.
Zen: Vendetta, Cabal, Ratking
Starring award-winning British actor Rufus Sewell (The Tourist), Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) and Callum Blue (Smallville) and produced by the same filmmaking team that made the Emmy-nominated Wallander, Zen: Vendetta, Cabal, Ratking is a cinematic adaptation of the bestselling novels of award-winning writer Michael Dibdin that are magically. In these suspenseful new adaptations Sewell portrays Auriello Zen, a formidable detective, but a lawman who has always put honesty before advancement. The surprise arrival of the clever and ambitious Tania (Murino) to his team, immediately reawakens Zen's vigor. Driven by romance and armed with a new confidence, Zen's investigations take him from Rome to the picturesque Italian countryside, as he negotiates a complex string of murder cases. The three, feature-length episodes include Vendetta where Zen finds himself in small village where he reinvestigates a killing, but in actuality, he would rather spend time with Tania. In Cabal, Zen investigation to a famous aristocrat which finds him in the shadowy world of The Cabal. Finally in Ratking, Zen fights against the clock to recover a wealthy industrialist with political ties. (Only On DVD) Bonus Feature: Zen: An Italian Adventure - a 30-minute making of featurette.
Damages: The Complete Third Season
In its third powerful, incisive and shocking Season featuring two-time Emmy-winner Glenn Close as litigator Patty Hewes, her trusted lieutenant Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan) and her former protégée Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), the team's find themselves inspired by recent worldwide economic events. In Damages, the third season of this the award-winning legal thriller showcases the most challenging case of her illustrious career, Patty and Tom must meet their match against the manipulative Tobin family empire, matriarch Marilyn (Lily Tomlin), son Joe (Campbell Scott) and the clan's loyal attorney Leonard Winstone (Martin Short). When Rose Byrne is also pulled into the legal maelstrom, she discovers she hasn't escaped Patty Hewes after all, she has only moved to another part of Patty's corrupted world. Blu-Ray Bonus Features: Cast and Crew Commentaries; Deleted Scenes; "Directing Damages"; Episode Introductions; "Damages Season 3 - A Look Back"; Sometimes You Just Get Damaged Blooper Reel and Season 3 Teaser.
In another SyFy Channel original movie, Kate and her brother decide to gather together a group of their grooviest friends for a hip, cool and scenic RV road trip to their high-school reunion. All is good in the beginning as they take to the highway, that is until their cross-country adventure. The trip takes an unexpected turn for the worst when an ancient curse takes wing by way of a massive creature. It's called the Simuroc, and this gigantic bird of prey has found the perfect, helpless quarry in Kate and company. Stranded in the backwoods of the predator's territory, there's little chance for them escape. Directed by filmmaker Johannes Roberts and starring Stephen Rea (The Crying Game), Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil: Afterlife) and Eliza Bennett (Inkheart). (Only on DVD)
Cartoon Network/Warner Bros.
Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Volume 3: The Return of Heatblast
In this latest Season of Ben 10's galactic adventures Ben is forced to confront his past enemies as many of his various enemies come crawling back for more trouble. He can't seem to shake old enemies like a rematch when Heatblast takes on evil Dr. Viktor. Next, Elena arrives with a new swarm of nanochips and Ben 10,000 reappears to battle Eon. But it's up to Super-Fan Jimmy to save the day and rescue the whole team from a vicious alien plant species. It's a good thing Ben's got plenty of friends to watch his back. The 2-Disc set contains 10 episodes from the series' Second Season, and a Blast from the Past Database. Episodes included on Ben 10 Ultimate Alien range from "The Transmogrification of Eunice," "The Eye of the Beholder," "The Big Story," "Viktor: The Spoils. "Girl Trouble," "Revenge of the Swarm," "Ben 10,000 Returns." "The Creature From Beyond," "Basic Training" and "It's Not Easy Being Gwen." (Only on DVD)
Warner Bros.
Everwood: Season 4
The Fourth and Final season of the popular and well-loved series Everwood, a show set in a welcoming town in the Rockies, is about a village that is all about finding oneself and finding each other. In this 5-disc, 22-episode Season Four (which proved to be its last year on the air), the unforgettable people of Everwood test the ties that bind them together in joy and tears, friendship and love. Starring such veteran and newbie Everwood actors as Treat Williams. Vivien Cardone, Debra Mooney, Emily Vancamp, Stephanie Niznik, Merrilyn Gann, Gregory Smith, Chris Pratt, John Beasley and Tom Amandes, this year, Ephram returns home by his feelings for Amy, and begins to mentor a troubled piano prodigy. When Nina chooses Jake over him, Andy struggles to remain friends with the woman he loves. Bright and Hannah make their unlikely romance work. The Abbots open their arms to a new child. Intriguing characters arrive and beloved characters depart. As the final season of the Greg Berlanti-created series begins to come to a close, it's tough not to say goodbye to a place and a town filled with people that won your heart -- and discover how everything turned out. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: Over 40 Minutes of Unaired Scenes, Including 10-Minute Alternate Season 4 Finale. If you would like to instantly find Everwood Season 4, click to the purchase online site at
Warner Bros.
Eastbound & Down: The Complete Second Season
In the game of major league sports, especially baseball, you are always expected to life a hard, tough and ball-to-the-walls lifestyle -- on and off-the-field. In the Second Season of Eastbound & Down, rough and hard is exactly how Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) returns. In Season One, Kenny was professionally and personally sitting on top of the world. But, now that he has been humiliated by his own hometown, and the big leagues are ignoring him because of his former bad behavior, Kenny has packed up and headed down South to Mexico to lick his wounds and live the outlaw lifestyle. In Season 2 of HBO's wild, loony and slightly naughty baseball comedy series Eastbound & Down, (created by Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Ben Best) Kenny decides to move to a small Mexican town, where he is joined by his lackey Stevie Janowski (Steve Little) and a new love interest, Vida (Ana de la Reguera). He'll spend most of his time there fashioning a comeback scenario involving the Charros, a small team that is part of its filthy-rich owner, Sebastian Cisneros' (Michael Pena) and his massive financial empire. Will Kenny's far-fetched ambitions make put him back on the top -- where he rightfully belongs? That's to be seen. But you can count on one thing for sure, Kenny and his crew is gonna take you one a hell of a ride. Bonus Features: "Invitation to the Set"; "Big Red Cockfighting"; Deleted Scenes; Outtakes; Audio Commentaries.
Paramount/CBS Video
Better Off Dead
During the heyday of the Brat Pack era, Hollywood released a ton of movies in the mid-80s -- most of them romantic comedies -- and a lot of them not very good ones. But there were some real standouts that would become eventual classics such as Pretty In Pink, Say Anything and the surprisingly under-rated Better Off Dead. Better Off Dead is a comedy with a real edge. The Savage Steve Holland-directed film, features Beth (Amanda Wyss), a girl who crushes the heart of the hopeless romantic Lane (played by John Savage), after dumping Lane for the school's arrogant ski-team captain. The breakup has a profound effect on Lane's psyche. His prolific and dark imagination runs overtime. He swings between bungling attempts to kill himself and inept efforts to win his ex-girlfriend back. All the while, Lane's also dealing with his quirky family, dodging a relentless paperboy who's out to collect, and meeting the charming French-exchange-student-next-door who just might be the unexpected key to his happiness.
Conan The Barbarian
Arnold Schwarzenegger was transformed into a movie star with the former wrestler's action-packed epic adventure Conan The Barbarian. Based on the barbaric, iconic figure created by Weird Tales comics and stories in 1932, a Gnome Press version in 1954 and finally picked up by Marvel Comics in 1970. Conan's debut on the silver screen began with Conan The Barbarian. In director John Milius' 1981 filmed adaptation, a young Conan (after witnessing the death of his parents' murders) is captured by the ruthless, bone-crushing Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) and spends the next 15 years in agony, first chained to the Wheel of Pain and then enslaved as a Pitt Fighter. Instead of letting his brutal fate to conquer him, Conan builds an massive body of muscle and an indomitable spirit -- both he discovers he'll need when he suddenly becomes a free man. Accompanied by new companions Subotai the Mongol (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria, Queen of Thieves (Sandahl Bergman), Conan sets out to solve the "riddle of steel," seize ultimate power and, finally, take revenge of the warlord who murdered his mother and father. Bonus Features: "Art Of Steel: Sword Makers and Masters" - Explore the artistry that goes into the making of Conan's handcrafted steel sword - and the expertise required to wield it; "Conan: From the Vault" - Never-before-seen archival interviews with stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones and Sandahl Bergman, and director John Milius; Deleted Scenes; "Conan Unchained: The Making of Conan The Barbarian"; Special Effects The Conan Archives; Feature Commentary with director John Milius and Arnold Schwarzenegger; D-Box Motion Enabled; BD Live Enabled and Pocket Blu.
Conan The Destroyer
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in this 1984 sequel with his massive sword, a bit of vengeance and bigger, bulging muscles in his sword and sorcery and the Richard Fleischer film follow-up Conan The Destroyer. In Conan Number Two, our hunky hero has been commanded by the evil Queen Taramis (Sarah Douglas) to safely escort her gorgeous teen princess (Olivia d'Abo) and her bodyguard (Wilt Chamberlain) to the magic Horn of Dagoth. While they travel, Conan begins to realize that queen has some very deadly plans in store for the princess. It seems Queen Taramis plans to sacrifice the princess and inherit her kingdom. Conan and his group of allies - including the eccentric wizard Akiro (Mako) and the wild woman Zula (Grace Jones) - must defeat both human and mystical enemies in a massive, epic, sword-wielding battle with the fate of the entire world at stake. Bonus Features: Theatrical Trailer; BD Live Enabled; Pocket Blu and D-Box Motion Enabled.
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