Friday, 30 November 2007

Zodiac goes for it, doing a good deed, and the Joker gets about

On 22 January 2008, the nominees for the 80th Academy Awards, to be hosted for a second time by Jon Stewart, will be announced. Despite Paramount's shoddy treatment of Zodiac (see earlier post), the film is still in the running. Here are three of the posters, which have been submitted to the relevant press to remind those who make the decisions about this wonderful film from the Spring.

And to remind us of the days of Zodiac's release, here is a video clip of Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo at the special screening of Zodiac in NYC, which took place the day before the LA premiere. I find it interesting that Jake says that he didn't discuss the seventies with his parents, but this may be because, as Jake also says, his character in Zodiac has a timeless quality to him, unlike Mark's Toschi who appears as if from a seventies' men's catalogue. Unfortunately, I turned up at the LA premiere but Jake didn't.

Good deeds

Both Jake and Maggie have been busy for charity recently. Maggie has teamed up with Trickle Up and designer TenThousandThings to create a necklace for the Seed A Dream campaign, which aims to help fight poverty by selling a special necklace. The video to accompany the appeal is narrated by Maggie. Here it is:

In another project, Maggie and Jake are among the stars designing and decorating kites which will be sold on ebay from next week. The proceeds will benefit the Afghanistan Relief Organization (AFO), which helps raise cash for the training of teachers and the construction of rural libraries in Afghanistan.

Maggie at the New Museum

Last night, Maggie was one of the stars to attend the grand reopening of New York's New Museum, an event hosted by Calvin Klein.

The Joker's looking fine!

The Joker has two forthcoming magazine covers. I love to see Heath Ledger getting this level of attention, disguised as he is. The first is for Empire and the second is for Wicked. The Empire cover is sensational!

Includes pictures from Awards Daily, Getty, Empire and Wizard.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Jake on Douglas, Rendition DVD, awards and the perfect job

A new video interview with Jake Gyllenhaal has emerged, by The Inside Reel, in which Jake talks with some animation about why he got a kick out of playing Rendition's Douglas Freeman. This is a character designed to make audiences raise their clenched fists to the screen, urging him to take action, but Douglas is without experience and is unaware that he's holding the key. As Jake says, this is a movie about juxtapositioned themes - there are those in the film who have energy and know what to do but are hitting a wall and have that energy and there are others who have a clear view, but just sit there and do nothing at all.

A little more detail has emerged about the release of the DVD for Rendition in February. According to the always useful site DVD Times, the R1 release will contain: 'Audio commentary with director Gavin Hood; “Intersections: The Making of Rendition” documentary; “Outlawed” featurette; Deleted scenes with audio commentary; Alternate scenes; Theatrical trailer.' Of course, the obvious bad news with this is that Gavin's name is the only one associated with the commentary, but I'm not giving up hope just yet. There is also an image.

An Evening with David Fincher transcript

A full transcript has been released now from the NYC Evening with David Fincher that took place a week or two ago, in which the audience (including our very own CWG) were treated to a preview of the Director's Cut edition of Zodiac. Here is David's answer in full on his way of working with his actors, which includes his admiration for the greatly neglected but scene stealing Anthony Edwards:

'I don’t know that I was going for a style. I was pretty specific about Avery, what he— … I knew my dad was a journalist; he worked for Life magazine, I knew a lot of those guys. I had to get Robert to understand that kind of intellectual showoff that Paul Avery needed to be for the movie. It seemed to me, he’s auditioning jokes for whoever in the room would appreciate them. Graysmith was easier and harder because Robert was available to us and we could sit down to talk with him, he could say “this was going through my head.” But to get at the guy when he was 22 or 23 when the whole thing started and get that to make some kind of sense… It was more about like making what Jake had to do believable for Jake, to make it work for him, and Ruffallo went off to meet with Dave Toschi a couple of days and came back as Dave Toschi. It’s hard to appreciate, ‘cause what’s he doing in this movie seems odd, but that’s who this guy is. He really nailed it. We were so nervous when they screened this in San Francisco… but everybody was very happy with Dave Toschi. He’s very sweet—I mean he did have an ego a little bit out of check and he did want people to write stories and his hubris, his need for that kind of attention was his downfall, and we wanted to get into that a little bit. Ruffolo just managed to catch this guy. No bullshit, Tony Edwards did a truly thankless job—a role not a lot of people even wanted to to take--he came in and was so radiates decency at every moment.'

Congratulations to Peter and Heath

Congratulations are due to both Heath Ledger and Peter Sarsgaard, both of whom have films in competitions announced this week. Unfortunately, Heath is not one of the actors nominated for a Spirit Award for the abundantly nominated I'm Not There, although it is possible that the ensemble will get a shout. Peter's new film, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, is among those in the competition at Sundance.

And finally

Jake is going to be away for a while, hard at work on Brothers, but the odd little bit of information will undoubtedly emerge from the set. Unlike this, which is hardly information, almost certainly not true, and talks of disharmony between Tobey and Jake over, of all things, a makeup artist. I would have thought that, on the contrary, the producers will be looking after their leading men and lady very well indeed. Does this look like a guy who needs to worry about that sort of thing? I rest my case.

Includes pictures from DVD Times, The Reeler and IHJ.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Jake set to play sporting legend Joe Namath after all

Jake Gyllenhaal is to play Joe Namath, aka Broadway Joe, after all. That's according to Variety, a source which doesn't often let us down and has been reliable with both Brothers and The Moon Project. Jake was first connected with the project back in July. As yet, there is no director.

Variety tells us: 'Universal Pictures will turn the life of Joe Namath into a feature film, with Jake Gyllenhaal playing the Hall of Fame quarterback. David Hollander will write the script once the writers strike is over. Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar will produce. Jimmy Walsh, who runs Namanco Prods., exec produces.'

'Walsh said he and Namath OK'd the movie after a long pursuit by Lazar, a strong take by Hollander and the belief that the athletic Gyllenhaal was the right actor to play him... Gyllenhaal, who is coming off "Rendition" and "Zodiac," is currently shooting the Jim Sheridan-directed "Brothers" with Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman and will follow that by teaming with Doug Liman on an untitled project at DreamWorks that revolves around a moon expedition.'

Speaking as someone who will undoubtedly see this film (think that's a cert) but who knows next to nothing about American football, I'm anxious to know that this as yet unnamed film will have appeal to audiences outside the US. I can definitely understand why sporty, athletic and fit Jake would want to portray a sporting legend, and the reasons why Joe Namath approved Jake to play him seem pretty obvious too, but European and international audiences don't routinely go and see films about American football or baseball. Although, to be fair, with the exception of Bend It Like Beckham, I don't think many of them would see a film about soccer either.

So the answer may lie in the character and personality of Joe Namath himself. Although he's largely unknown in this neck of the woods, reading about his life, excesses, adventures and moments of genius on and off the field, may indicate that there will be far more to this film than a serious of winning goals and kicks. As Variety says 'While other quarterbacks racked up bigger lifetime stats, Namath became the first football player to achieve rock-star status. The pic will tell the story of how the golden-armed kid from Beaver Falls, Pa., became Broadway Joe, the New York Jets quarterback who became a '60s cultural figure.' But if Joe has approved it, and this will be the 'authorised' version of his life, how sanitised will it be?

British site Filmstalker believes the film could work over here: 'Perhaps there have been loads of American Football films, it's just that they aren't big outside the U.S.? Well this one has the potential to be, as long as they think about that non-American Football audience when they're making it.'

Empire has this to say: 'OK, non-Yankee readers, we know you don't care about American 'football' but try to forget that for the length of this story. Got your shoulder pads ready? OK. Jake Gyllenhaal is lined up to play American football legend Joe Namath, the game's first modern superstar.'

'Namath was a '60s cultural icon who played for the New York Jets, where the owner paid him a record salary and turned him loose on New York to raise hell in the night clubs and spend his dough on fur coats and women. Namath became an advertising magnet, taking his league, the American Football League, from red-headed stepchild levels to NFL competitor status, leading to a merger between the two. He also helped turn 'football' into a major TV force, and made good on his personal guarantee to beat the Baltimore Colts (the favourites) in Super Bowl III - all on knees so bad that he was turned down for the Vietnam draft... But what do you think, readers? Will any film about American football ever make a dent in this country? Or are you, like us, far more intrigued by that moon project?' (Someone else keen to see The Moon Project!)

I rather liked this picture of what might be in store: 'Hopefully we can expect plenty of earned bragadacio, hairy chests, overcoming long odds, fur coats and bedfulls of quarter back on groupie sex sprinkled with liberal alcohol consumption...'

Of course, this project brings with it some risks (to counteract the distinct possibility of more scenes like That Rendition Scene), not least of which is that this:

may be replaced by this:

meaning we may want to see more of this:

The Gotham Awards

Unfortunately, I'm Not There didn't win any prizes at the independent Gotham Awards held last night in Brooklyn. Honours instead went to films by Sean Penn and Michael Moore. But good to see Maggie. Maggie's a busy lady at the moment, attending a succession of glamorous events in the city. There's another tonight according to the New York Post: 'November 28, 2007 -- CALVIN Klein is destroying his own ad in the name of art. To help promote the Dec. 1 opening of the New Museum on the Bowery, Klein allowed the institution's advertisers to drip oozing pink paint over his Houston Street billboard of Lara Stone and Jamie Burke wearing his jeans. The label, along with Julianne Moore and Maggie Gyllenhaal, will host an intimate soiree tonight at the museum, and the hot pink ooze will drip down the billboard until Monday.'

And finally...

Robert Graysmith and David Fincher are not the only people to have become obsessed with uncovering the identity of the Zodiac killer. It seems Britney Spears was gripped by the movie and has now set about solving the case herself. 'The recent film Zodiac about the case starring Jake Gyllenhaal, 26, captured Britney’s imagination. She has been spending hours on a website called and is convinced she can crack the case as many people believe the culprit is still alive.' Not sure I'm feeling too reassured by that.

Includes pictures from Variety and IHJ.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Jake makes memories in Cannes, Natalie gets ready and hopes for Heath

Great today to discover, thanks to Sass, another video from that most glamorous of festivals, the Cannes International Film Festival. Thursday 17 May was an incredible day, for those walking the red carpet and for those lucky enough to be next to it. Hot, sunny, wonderful company, lots of excitement and joy, and there was Jake Gyllenhaal walking (at one point dancing) the Palais red carpet, looking like he owned it and, no doubt, making memories for himself too. Of all this year's red carpet events, this was the one where Jake looked like he was having the most fun. Watching this video is the perfect antidote to winter, so enjoy some Jake therapy here.

Talking of Zodiac, I Heart Jake has kindly posted some more pictures from the documentary on the UK edition of the Zodiac DVD. In addition, there are also new pictures from the LA premiere of a different film, Rendition. Looking at these pictures, I can appreciate why Jake shaved, that looks itchy!

Brothers gets underway

Today is the day we all start looking towards New Mexico as Brothers begins work in earnest. The film has been attracting some media attention already, not least because of its leading lady, Natalie Portman, who has featured in several interviews over the last few days (including this very interesting and lengthy feature in the Guardian last weekend, in which we find that Natalie 'socially' knows her Brothers co-stars!). Natalie told MTV 'I did [see “Brodre”], but I’m not going to study it... I think it’s a very different movie.” I like the sound of that. She also describes the basic plot: 'I play Tobey Maguire's wife. Tobey plays a Marine who is sent off to war the same week that his brother, who Jake Gyllenhaal plays, gets out of jail. So when Jake gets out of jail, he's sort of taking care of his brother's wife and kids while he's away. Obviously when he comes back, there's a problem.'

The strike by America's TV and film writers continues and is now affecting filming schedules, although not Brothers. Natalie Portman's support for a whole range of courses is well known and, some days ago, she touched on what the strike means for Brothers: 'Next to start shooting for Portman, as studios try to get projects in before the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) contract expires next spring, is a Jim Sheridan film, "Brothers," with Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal. It's based on a Susanne Bier film with a screenplay adaptation by David Benioff ("The Kite Runner," "Wolverine")... "It's tricky because obviously we all support the writers and the strike," Portman said, "but Jim's style of directing is that we improvise a lot. We're doing that and hoping that's not infringing on anything. We're not allowed to have any rewrites. Jim's in the Writers Guild, so he's obviously not doing any rewrites."'

The Gotham Awards Gala

Tonight the independent Gotham Awards is held in Brooklyn and among the contenders for the top prize is Heath Ledger's I'm Not There. Among the expected attendees is Heath's co-star from The Dark Knight, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Here's hoping that we may have a photo of the two together tonight and also that I'm Not There gets its prize. Roger Ebert, winning his battle against cancer, will also be there to accept a special tribute award.

Includes pictures from IHJ.

Monday, 26 November 2007

Jake - Jarhead is like 'really amazing sex without an orgasm'

A couple of days ago we were having a chuckle at Jake in a video mimicking the military advisors to Jarhead. Well, he didn't just do it the once - in this video clip, Jake does it again!

I thoroughly enjoy this video for a few reasons, not least of which because the interviewer Roger Jackson is very British and his humour a little dry, until he delights Jake by describing Jarhead's soundtrack in these terms: 'The soundtrack is so kickass!... It is unusual - it's unusually great!' Jake responds: 'That's what a military advisor would say!'

But the prize moment in this interview is when Jake is asked to discuss a film which is a movie about war but without the fighting. According to Jake, Jarhead is like 'Really great sex without an orgasm.'

Elsewhere, Jake discussed his apprehension at meeting the original Tony Swofford - likening the experience to a panic attack. 'I thought I didn't really want to meet him. I was terrified that I was going to realize--and I did when I met him--that I'm nothing like him. And I was thinking so many other actors look like him, and I don't look like him. And when we met...Sam really like popped it on me. And we went to lunch, and I couldn't say a word. [It] was like a panic attack immediately. We had been rehearsing for like two weeks, and I was just getting into a rhythm of like, "Cool, I'm figuring this out." And then it was like, [breathes deeply] "I'm nothing like him." But it was a very conscious choice...I wanted to present the closest thing to me as I could, and I didn't want to wear a mask or try and imitate somebody.'

Talking of Swoff, Tony had his own interview in London's Metro newspaper, during which he was asked about whether the Santa hat scene really did happen. Tony says it did, but he only wore one of the two hats Jake wore. I think you can imagine which.

On seeing Jake for the first time take on his life, Tony told FilmFocus: 'But the first time I saw the film I saw it with Sam in New York in a screening room and it was truly bizarre to see Jake on screen and then to hear him called Swofford and to watch him get his head shoved into a chalkboard. He was an actor on screen playing me, living my life. I'm a big fan of Jake's acting and he really captured that version of me. That version of the young man who wants to go to war and fight.'

Includes pictures from IHJ.

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Jake - 'I'm sucked dry by film and I think I’m fed by theatre'

As Jake no doubt packs his bags to head off to New Mexico to begin filming a new movie for us on Tuesday, this is as good a time as any to remember the success that Jake has had with previous roles, most notably Brokeback Mountain. For Jack Twist, Jake received a multitude of nominations (except, oddly, by the Globes) and, quite possibly, his biggest success was with the British Academy who, on 19 January, awarded Jake Best Supporting Actor, beating the 'Clooney Twins'. I remember that night very well (and a friend returned with an autograph from Jake for me), not least because I was determined that this would be the last such occasion I would miss in person!

As a result of his enthusiastic win, Jake rode high in the appreciation and adoration of the UK's media sites and newspapers. Journalists remembered Jake from his success on the London boards a few years before and the relationship between Jake Gyllenhaal, his British fans and the British media grew stronger. When Jake travelled back to the US, he was seen carefully guarding his BAFTA, which was given its own seat on the plane, next to his. A week after his win, an interview with Jake by the UK journalist Stephen Applebaum appeared in which Jake talked at great length and with great honesty and openness about what movie making meant to him, especially the whole Brokeback Mountain phenomenon, his upbringing, his beliefs and his relationships with the people who shared his film experience with him.

Brokeback Mountain

It's interesting that Jake discovered with Brokeback Mountain that for the first time in his experience the critics became the audience and, wherever Jake or anyone involved in bringing this film to the screen went, critics expressed their own emotive response to Brokeback Mountain. Its mix of controversy and conservatism is an interesting one. Jake talks about why he took on the role of Jack, and suggests that he was not first choice for the role but that it would have been a terrible thing for him if he had not been given the part.

'First, it’s always about how I emotionally, instinctually react to the story. I don’t choose my films as a social or a political move, and that’s not my first motivation ever. I mean, somehow, maybe the way I was brought up and what I consider important is involved in those instincts somewhere, you know what I mean? [Smiles] I know a lot of young actors that didn’t want to do this film, and thank God they turned it down, because they were first choices over me. And maybe their political background and how they were brought up played into their instincts in responding to the material. But all I can say is that when I read it, I got past something and saw what was so beautiful about the film. I wasn’t consciously going, ‘This is really going to rock ‘em and they’re really going to be surprised, and we’re going to really give ‘em a one-two here.’ I was given a one-two by the script [laughs], you know what I mean? I couldn’t not do it.”'

Brokeback and Jarhead 'are the first time I have done anything completely on my own, without asking people what they thought of them and if I should do them or not.'

Jarhead - 'It is a time in my life where I feel these feelings of frustration and anger'

'I don’t think you have to do much as a young man to create frustration [laughs]. You know what I mean? Any type of frustration, be it mental or sexual or whatever. That’s the primary reason why I felt like I wanted to do the role. I felt so strongly about playing it because it is a time in my life where I feel these feelings of frustration and anger, and that feeling of wanting to punch your fist through a wall and not understanding why. What I think I have discovered about the military, in my short and peripheral experience of it, is that they harness those feelings and focus them towards an end. They give them meaning through missions.'

Jake's upbinging - 'I believe that there is good to all of this'

'I think that no matter what I always look for humanity, like I always look for a sense of hope. It can be in the bleakest story but I don’t buy total perversity, utter perversity without hope. I may be na├»ve but I believe that there is good to all of this, and those are the things that move me. That’s definitely a part of my upbringing. The best part of my upbringing [laughs]. And then the perversity plays a part of the other part of my upbringing. But without the hope, I don’t think anything really, really works; in particular, movies and stories.'

'Those ounces of perversity, or maybe pounds, whatever, varying degrees for everybody, but I just think that we all have had our share of pain as children. Being a child is very hard in this world, no matter how you were brought up, and I can see easily how you could spin that in my case [laughs], but still, no matter what.'

As Jake became more famous and, it seems, in the wake of his BAFTA win, he found assumptions were being made about his childhood and his aspirations - almost like legends were being created to which Jake's words were fitted - such as Paul Newman teaching him to drive and Jake wanting to do carpentry.

'Well, I actually do enjoy carpentry. It might annoy him but unfortunately it’s something I really do actually enjoy, and to me it’s a little offensive if, you know, somebody thinks that it’s like not as exciting a job. Because, personally, I am happiest when I’m building a table for my mom, you know? Which I did, and do, and I love woodwork, you know? Our interests are all varying. I don’t know why I find joy and calm doing that but I do... And yeah, my upbringing: it’s funny how people tinge it and move it however they want to for whatever they need to move it for. People say, you know, ‘Oh, Paul Newman taught you how to drive, right?’ and I say, ‘No, my father really taught me how to drive and he’s getting a really bum rap because one day Paul Newman did take me out to the race track.’ I said that once when I was doing press when I was 16 years old and now that’s all people write. Believe me I was in awe when it happened. But I think people do sometimes, when I talk to journalists or whatever, kind of like to go, ‘Well, it was this way, wasn’t it?’ I don’t know, I don’t understand it completely, but I understand them [sighs]. . . I have been through a lot even just recently. In the past couple of days, it’s been very interesting to hear what people have to say about how I was brought up, because my experience of it was very different.'

On whether Jake is conscious of carrying people's dreams with him: 'I have no sense of anything and you can quote me on that. [Laughs] No, I’m surprised at how much people love Brokeback Mountain [can’t contain his giggles], everything’s a surprise to me, what people feel about different things. It’s amazing how people are responding to different things and what bothers people and what doesn’t. Unfortunately, it seems, I’m always trying to be as honest as I can and, unfortunately, that honesty can be used how anybody wants to use it.'

A mix of Christianity and Judaism

Jake's bar mitzvah was held at a homeless shelter, which, Applebaum suggests, could be too much for a child and jokes that Jews are made to feel guilty enough already. 'I guess so. But no, I have a lot of other things. But yeah, you’re right. Well, because my father was Christian too, you know, I think my parents were always a little unclear in terms of how they wanted to raise us. But actually they were very clear about it. I think they wanted to share everything and all those ideas with us, so when it came around to having a bah mitzvah and doing that, I think they split the opportunity and basically realised that in order to do that, ‘Well, let’s go feed the homeless [laughs]’. Like that would be the most logical religious response to both Christianity and Judaism, so that was it [laughs].'

Why Jake took to the boards in London

'Again, it was like I read the script and it’s an amazing play. It’s a masterpiece. And a masterpiece for someone at the age that I was at doesn’t ever come along. What was interesting is that I don’t think at the time I was like, ‘Oh, it’s in London’, and I never realised what that pressure was, and I think that naivety was a good thing, you know? That play in particular has totally changed my life. John Madden [who directed him and Gwyneth Paltrow in Proof] came to see me in that play, Sam came to see me in that play, consequently four or five other directors that I hopefully will work with in the future saw me in that play, and those opportunities have brought me all the movie opportunities I have gotten. As a movie actor, your representation always says, ‘Don’t do that. Don’t do a play because you could do this or that and make money, and blah, blah, blah.’ But so many more opportunities have come from it. And, I was just saying as I was coming over here, at the time, which is probably a good thing, I don’t think I realised how special of an experience that really was. In fact I remember our stage manager turned to me and Hayden [Christiansen] and Anna [Paquin], like four or five days into the run, and said, ‘Cherish this time because you’ll never have an opportunity or have an experience like this again because it’s really an extraordinary feeling to be such a success that way your first time.’ I remember registering that and being like, ‘OK, time to have fun.’ It was amazing. The next thing I’m going to do will be on stage, without a doubt.'

On the rewards of working on the stage as opposed to in front of the camera: 'I just think I’m fed by it. I’m sucked dry by film and I think I’m fed by theatre. There’s a start and stop to film where you give and you give and you give, and you don’t have that give and take like you do in the theatre, and I think it’s just necessary. I get rid of bad habits, but it just fills me. Right now I have a responsibility to the next film director I work with to get filled up again before I go out on the race track again.' Which director? David Fincher, your director on Zodiac? 'No, I’m working with him now. He’s sapping it right now [laughs]. He does a lot of takes.'

David Fincher - 'I have a real, real growing fondess for David'

'I thought he was a real technician and visualist and that seemed to be the most important thing to him. But as we’ve worked together I feel like he really does like actors, and he knows what’s really good in acting, too. I have a real, real growing fondness for David and his relationship to actors. To work with, though, we do on average 30 takes, and we do have up to 80. But I also think that’s great, too. Every director seems to have a different, especially when they’re really great, a real personality and style of making their film. And they’ve all been so different and so wonderful in all these different ways. I just hope that I’ve taken in as much as I can from them because who knows when the opportunity will come again to work with people like that. I don’t know, it’s kind of amazing.'

On being alone - 'It was nowhere near anywhere I had ever been or knew at all'

'To me I think the most interesting things happen when you sit with yourself and when you’re alone. Like if you really let yourself be that way. When we were in Calvary [on Brokeback Mountain], I was alone for a very long time; I mean not even with Heath. We would get off work and we would be literally in the middle of nowhere, living in trailers, on our own. Sometimes we would get together and all have dinner together, sometimes we’d all be alone. Something about the topography of the spaces I was in, just sometimes even the geography, that it was nowhere near anywhere I had ever been or knew at all, I needed to explore. I needed to explore that territory. You grow up in a city and there’s everything around you all the time, and I don’t think you realise how lonely you are until you get out of there. You know, what I think about Brokeback Mountain is that the reason why these two men fall in love is out of loneliness. Like there’s just nothing more in their lives when they meet and it’s the best thing that happens to them when they meet there. And the same thing, I think, in a weird way, Tony Swofford has to go to that place of almost utter, desperate, horrible loneliness in order to become, in a way, the writer that he became. I don’t know, I just feel like you got to go to those places and somehow, unconsciously, I was there all of a sudden. I don’t know really why I picked those films.'

On growing up as a result of these films

'“Uh, I think it’s just like I’ve grown up [laughs]. I don’t know if it’s a greater sense of self or just feeling a little closer to being able to be an adult, and that is pretty hard in the movie business, you know what I mean? [Laughs] But I feel that way. And working with these people, what I’ve gotten from them as human beings, like yes, Sam Mendes is a brilliant director, and yes, Ang Lee is a brilliant director, and yes, David Fincher is a brilliant director, and yes, Peter Sarsgaard is an amazing actor, and Heath Ledger gives an incredible performance in the film, all those things, but just the interactions that I have with them as human beings, I’ll never forget. I talked to Ang last night and yeah, he was my director and all those things, but he’s a wonderful person. Sam and I spent a ton of time together as friends and that matters to me the most and it’s because we’ve all been through these experiences. I was in my trailer while Ang Lee was doing Tai Chi outside of his every morning, for months, so we shared something special. And that’s the most important thing to me now.'

You can read the rest of this wonderful interview here.
Includes pictures from IHJ