Wednesday, August 02, 2006

JAKE GYLLENHAAL: DEATH DEFYING STUNTS

(click to enlarge)
Blazenly crossing a tretcherous London intersection on what can only be described as a "daft" bike. Look as his steely determination! Does this man know no fear?

28 comments:

cina said...

The Mighty Gyllenhaal even stops traffic. And he does it on a sorry excuse for a bike. Can't get any clearer than that, can it?

Hail The Gyllenhaal!

mrs_dalloway said...

Like someone on the forum said, this is how it all began!This must have provided him the confidence needed for cycling with the Armstrong..

Anna said...

LOL! That's a great photo! It's a bit like David and Goliath - the little bike defying the big nasty trucks.

(And "daft" is such a good word to describe that bike. ;-D)

Kendra said...

He hides his superpowers behind an ordinary glum fa├žade, but he should play a superhero in a not totally imbued with SFX movie, better than a cyclist!

Beckela said...

Great pic -- and I LOVE this site, by the way. BPB et al have been making my days for weeks now. That bike reminds me of the Japanese paratrooper bike my folks bought me in Japan when I was a kid back in the 50s (yeah, yeah, I AM old; my daughter is older than Jake!). It folded up to about the size of the wheels so you could carry it on your back. Once you jump out of the plane you unfold it and ride off. Cool! And, yes, Jake is already a superhero in my mind.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha - when was this taken? I'm sure I've seen one of him in similar clothes and on a similar (expensive) little bike, riding along a west London pavement. EXACTLY the kind of cyclist we hate and would love to get banned! (Might reconsider once I'd seen the face, though).

JoyceDavenport said...

Jake: Hmm- the guy in the cycle hire shop said everyone over here rode them- funny I haven't see another one all day...

Anonymous said...

:D

he's not in london now is he?

cina said...

No, that pic is from 2002 or 2003.

Anonymous said...

thanks, was kinda a silly question... not cold enough yet for all those clothes!!!

:)

cina said...

^^ HAHA! True! (Didn't cross my mind either, but it sure is true!) LOL!

gin said...

LOL...I've never seen this pic before and it has made me giggle...a lot. Man, it's obvious now that Jake needed Lance's guidance much more than I originally thought.
"Jake, THESE are bike tires. THOSE were tricycle tires."

phoebe said...

LOL! I LOVE this pic! It's hysterical and aww, Jake looks adorable on that cute little tiny bike!

britpopbaby said...

It looks like he has just causally rode out into the middle of the road and all the trucks and cars had to come to a screeching halt but he just carries on, not even noticing as everyone screams, "Bloody Yank film stars!" out their windows.

And welcome beckela - age is just a mindset here which is luckily because I consider myself juvenile ;)

Simon Agent 002 said...

Let this serve as a lesson for all of us.
Sometimes the practical is not always stylish!
And bravo to him for not letting that prevent him from going about his way.

He'd be easier to catch on this bike. no?

Simon Agent 002 said...

Brit a question.
Under the pic its says: "click to enlarge"
What exactly happens dear?

britpopbaby said...

^ Tut, tut, tut.

Prophecy Girl said...

Ha ha! I love this picture. That bike always makes me laugh. He's riding with such dignity considering how dinky it is and that he could easily be crushed by anyone of those very large vehicles beside him. The man knows no fear.

zoo said...

Do we know when this picture was taken? And where?

London used to be (possibly still is) full of grown men feeding their Peter Pan complex by travelling around in all kinds of preposterous contraptions like BMXs, scooters and skateboards.

nice anonymous said...

It's more than 90 degrees here at 9 AM, so the sight of any human being bundled in an insulated parka with a fur-lined hood just feels ... so wrong. That's how the homeless dress during all seasons in Manhattan. I feel like giving a dollar to Jake so that he can get a shopping cart to drag behind his little bike & carry all his possessions, particularly for bedding down at night.

Anonymous said...

never mind the buck, i'd just tke him home!!!

moonbeams said...

There was a caption with this: Times of London:"...and so, young Jacob, after having seen Lance Armstrong's biography, "It's Not About The Bike" in a local book store, tore through the streets of rush hour London, singing:
"Born to be wi-iiilld! Born to be wii-illd!" to the delight of West End theatre goers."

Anonymous said...

LOL! that's hilarious! Even more funny because of that huge parka he's wearing!

Smurfeyshmoo said...

For some reason this picture makes me think of a clown. Don't clowns ride on little bikes? I think I'm thinking of how you can shove a million clowns into a teeny little Bug. Whatever the case, I don't think that little seat is very comfy for Jake...he looks a little grim.

msdonniedarko said...

only jake can make that bike look good anyone else would look stupid! that bike dose look really fun tho!!!

british agent said...

Ha Ha that's a Brompton Bike!! That photo is from 2004, when he was in London w/Kiki. I actually have the July 2004 Vogue issue that mentions the bikes. Ha Ha GO ME! Do I get a biscuit? ;-p Here's the relevant quotage -

Dunst had an apartment in London's Bayswater's district, and Gyllenhaal went over to stay with her. "It was near the park," she says, "and we got Brompton bikes -- those ones that fold up. We bought those, and we rode around the city on our Brompton bikes. Because the cabs there are so expensive."

claire said...

hahaha!!! That headline and that picture together just crack me up. Awww, bless little jake on his little bike amongst all those big bad evil trucks.

britpopbaby said...

Because the cabs there are so expensive.

Okay, cabs in London are too expensive for even Hollywood movie stars? London - officially the most expensive place on Earth.

Well done, British agent!