And because no conversation with Jake is without grand revelations and over-analyzed subtext, let's take a look at what we've learned from him this time around. The least you need to know:
- The anonymously-penned introductory paragraph describes Jake as "6 feet tall" and "bigger in life than he appears onscreen." (I can relate to this because when I see Jake onscreen, I always envision him as no taller than 5'11".)
- Regarding the now-infamous opening monologue on SNL, the bit about Jake performing in drag was an afterthought (!). The SNL skit is a recurring theme in this interview; I'm guessing the same wouldn't be true if the singing had not been done in a dress.
- Jake is intimidated by David Letterman (well, who isn't?).
- Jake offers psychological reassurance to Fincher: "I am glad to hear that, because I really thought you needed a new perspective on life. I mean that in the nicest possible way." Finch, dude, I think you just got dissed.
- David Fincher somewhat randomly brings up that he doesn't want Jake's thighs getting too big.
- The previously-published segment on the Civil War and mud-wrestling gives me pause as I draw a loose connection between hand-to-hand combat, trying to kill people on the set of Jarhead, and pig slaughter...
- On a man in an elevator who rented Zodiac: "So I told some people, and they were like, "Why didn’t you grab him by the neck and say, "Where were you when it was in the theater?" Seriously. Why did I not notice this violent streak before?
- On the difficulty of filming Zodiac: "Well, that was just a weird time-Saturn and Mercury had aligned." That was either a random statement, or some brilliantly subversive way to connect astrology and astronomy to the filming a movie called "Zodiac." I think my mind needs to rest after that one.
UPDATE: Apparently the key to that statement is in the audio portion of the interview. That's what happens when you just jump into these recaps all willy-nilly (and when magazines edit out pertinent information).
- Jake reveals that he might have been exposed to radioactive material at age 10 or 11 but seems thoroughly unconcerned about the consequences. It came late in the game, but there it is: the patented Gyllenhaal Straight-Out-Of-Left-Field Interview Moment.
- Fincher: "I don’t remember, but the light caught your eyes in a really neat way." We'll let that one speak for itself.