This is Karin's experience of seeing Jake on the set of Zodiac or whatever it is they're calling it. I've quickly put it together from many extracts so it might sound a little odd in parts but it's very interesting from a fan point of view. It's long so read it all by clicking on the Continue Reading link below.
I saw Jake. At one point I was about 5 ft. away from him. I saw Boo Radley too, coming out of Jake’s trailer as Jake was going into it. I was in shock. I didn't even see his eyes, it was like a blur. His trailer wasn't at film site, it was in a park. Jake was walking. I stopped my car or maybe my car was stopped. I swear to you, I can't remember- I went into time warp. Imagine having Jake walking towards where you are. It is like your mind leaves your body. That is when I saw him walk up the steps to his trailer and when he opened door Boo ran out. Boo is mid sized, compact, pretty copper coloured. I didn't see his eyes either- I was in shock. Boo was going to walk down the stairs but then Jake said something to him and he went back inside. He had no leash on. I think I saw Atticus' head at the door too. I think they were both inside Jake’s trailer. Nice to be able to take doggies to work. This was like at 6:30 am. so no one was walking with him or anything...just Jake and his dogs.
Then I watched him film the same scene over and over and I could never quite make out colour of his eyes. I was in the owner’s office of the store they were filming in which was upstairs and all the action was downstairs and we looked through a window at the filming. I could see Fincher, the extras and the crew and of course Jake. He was laughing with the crew, smiling, real affable, fanning himself by lifting his shirt up and down (no flesh) in between takes a couple of times. It was so hot and he had to wear jeans, a white t shirt, a denim shirt and a thing like a blue parka.He looked like he was really easy to direct. He didn't look real tall or real buff just like a normal man. He looked like he was wearing same jeans he always wears.His hair looks lighter in the front than it does the rest - almost like subtle highlights.From the couple of words I heard his voice sounds the same. In the scene I saw, he had no lines!! Just walked into a store from his car, had an expression on his face and walked back out of the store.
One thing I did learn is that these people are just like us - human beings with a right to privacy. It really hit me today how they are just like you and me. Anyone running up to them or popping pictures or any of that is truly awful. These actors and actresses are just like carpenters, painters, plumbers - anyone really wanting just to do a good job and have a good life. Sometimes, we the people think that they our ours because we feel like we know them, you know what I mean? They deserve the right to live out their lives in private. I fully believe that now, I don't know why I did not think so before.He is just like any normal person, at least he is to me now. Sometimes fantasies are better left as fantasies, I believe that now - at least in my case. I hope Jake has the best career, is happy with whomever he chooses as friends, lovers, dogs, but as far as my obsession goes there is no need to have one anymore. I am 58 he is 25 and I am me and he is him as we all are. I learned a great lesson today. I wish I could have taken a picture but it was against the rules and the owner of the store had signed something that said there would be no pictures. I wish I could have seen his eyes without being in shock...but I couldn't tell you what colour blue they were if you tortured me. I am a pathetic witness. I wanted to almost take notes so I wouldn't forget anything. I hope he only has paps around him when he wants them to be. Or anyone else for that matter. I am glad I got to see this.
I have to say that Karin’s sentiments have really struck a chord with me. I often think, “Why the hell do I write this blog? It’s six levels if bat shit crazy!” I have a good life - great friends, amazingly insane family, hopefully some job prospects - I don’t need anything from this so why do I spend about two hours everyday working on a blog about an actor I’m probably never even going to meet? Then I remember. I didn’t start this blog for Jake, I don’t write this blog for Jake and ninety percent of the work involved with it has absolutely nothing to do with Jake. I started this blog when I was going through a dry patch in my writing and it was at a crucial point when I really needed to produce my best work. My friend Anneka kept a journal and it always seemed to help her, she found it cathartic, so I thought I should do the same. For some reason, I think it had to do a lot with the brilliant Gilded Moose, I decided a blog would be an interesting ( and more importantly free) way for me to get over my block. But what to blog about? My daily life seemed the obvious option but Anneka used to record all our adventures and mishaps (in the most hilarious and heart-warming manner, I might add. It should be made into a book.), so I wanted to do something different. Then I saw Jarhead and my crush on one Jake Gyllenhaal was immediately ignited again from the days of Donnie Darko (even though I had trouble processing it was the same actor behind both characters). I thought I could try and write a humorous blog about Jake which would help me soldier on with completing my dissertation. You know, for a while, I almost considered making my blog about tea. Anyway, I’ve forgotten what my point was (I’m always doing that; how I used to write 12 page essays is beyond me) but I just want to say, this blog isn’t really about Jake Gyllenhaal, it’s about us. I’m reminded of that from the great conversations that go on in the forum and comments. This blog has enabled me to get to know fantasically witty, talented and intelligent people. So that’s why I blog - for me and you.
Did I scare you for a second then? Did you think I was going to say I was stopping? Gotcha.