10/19/07

Release

Ellen tries to spray Cheez Whiz down Jake's pantsAnother twelve hours before I will finally watch Rendition. That is, if I don't get sent home from work early for doing everything wrong because I am mentally elsewhere. Would that be a good or a bad thing?

Ellen DeGeneres is one of the kindest, sweetest people I've ever seen, so hearing her call Jake Gyllenhaal her friend gave me such a warm mushy feeling I almost cried.* I know that's because of my hormones, but it still made me very happy. Hearing her say what I already knew--that he "might just be the perfect man"--didn't feel bad, either.

Oh, so much to savor in this visit with Ellen, I haven't even absorbed all of it yet. Jake conceding that he'd take off his pants before he took off...what? His shirt? Let the speculation on why begin. Jake dangerously playful with a big knife; Jake like an excited kid in the kitchen, grabbing at the chicken in the refrigerator before the clock started; Jake sounding absolutely sincere when he gushed "I've always wanted to do this!" Jake ordering Ellen around like Gordon Ramsay, only charming; Jake eagerly grabbing the wine and gulping it with both hands on the glass.

Sigh.

Jake insists he's more competent in his own kitchenThere's so much I want to say today, but I'm afraid to keep going on and on...I may never stop.

Ten and a half hours remain now until I see Rendition.

Vanessa Farquharson's interview with Jake finally was published this morning at the National Post. Even if she hadn't declared in so many words her crush on him, she revealed the level of her interest by referring to his "perfectly formed" hand. This is the kind of talk that goes on in the fangirliest of forums, like here, here, and here. I know because I'm one of the fangirls.
(Update: I just noticed that Vanessa has erroneously identified IHJ rather than the brilliant Jake Watch as the originators of the Jake in '08 campaign. Is there no justice for PG and bpb? Should I write to the National Post?)

Following on the heels of these two items in the Washington Post is a similar Q-and-A with Peter Sarsgaard. I'm sure this means there's more with Peter elsewhere in the paper, and I'll go find it later.

What am I avoiding here?

The truth: I am afraid of not liking this movie. This is a rotten side effect of my constant pursuit of news that contains the name Jake Gyllenhaal, because just about every reviewer has indicated their opinion within the title or opening line of their review (as is good practice). No, I don't usually take the word of film critics on any movie, but I have to admit having been affected by the negativity I've exposed myself to over the past week.

Ellen proposes to Jake, proving his appeal goes beyond sexMore than that, I am irrationally but nonetheless deeply concerned for Jake and his happiness. What shines clear and true through all the interviews we've seen this week is that Jake is very much a genuine, sensitive young man; there is no magical mithril celebrity armor protecting him from the bullshit of Hollywood, he is not slick and polished. He is consistently shy when complimented about his physique and sincerely uninterested in impressing anyone with his own political opinions, preferring to focus on his job as an actor. In short, he appears to be a vulnerable, sweet, uncommon human being. I don't know any men like this personally. None who are available, anyway. Which is why I've been alone all my life.

About nine and a half hours to go.

Perhaps the very thing that I know to be causing all this artificial (yes, I recognize it for what it is) angst will actually help me tonight when I sit down in the theater. I'm so emotionally susceptible right now, it's probably the best time to watch Rendition, because even if it sucks, I'll be swept away.


*In fact I did cry later when Ellen told the car jumper about his Nike deal. I am seriously at the mercy of my endocrine system.


All photos: IHJ.

8 comments

Xenia said...

Oh Cherita, you have no idea how anxious I feel about my Rome trip, I joke about it but I'm scared, I'm scared to meet a man who could be too painful to let go...
I'll be with Katie in this so...I hope she'll bring me her luck...;)

Yes Ellen was wonderful and Jake was so much...Jake that he was almost unbearably irrestitible...and I'm extremely serious on this...

The interview with that Allison gal...I'm speechless, I WANNA be like that!!!
Also she made me think of you, I don't know why...she was so strongly HERSELF...

And Vanessa...ah I totally sympathize with your feelings sister...

And I'm sceptical abut the movie either...but this would be not the end of the world...

I have to disagree on your concern about Jake...yes he's different from everyone else but people like us love (I want to call this love) him right because he's like this, and we're more than a few...

Oh Lord, I have to go...I'll see you all next Tuesday...

Xenia said...

I'm gonna take some Jake '08 Campaign posters with me that the lovely PG kindly gave me, and we'll try to bring back some Gyllen-love for JakeWatch...;)

Cherita said...

Oh! What a fabulous idea! OMG OMG OMG! That's great! I didn't think I could be more excited for you going to the film festival, but you've just made it so! Good luck to you and Katie--glad you have her experience in these matters to rely on. :) I will be waiting anxiously for news of your success!

ncwoman said...

YES! By all means, Cherita, write the Post and set Vanessa straight! I agree with you, there is no justice for Jake Watch and PG and BPB!

I SO look forward to watching your DVR version of Ellen...promise me you won't laugh when I start to drool??

Cherita said...

How could I laugh at you when I'll be doing the same thing? ;) Actually with this show it's more of a full-on love thing. I mean, he's just so adorably Jake, lust isn't really the issue. Not that there is no lust. Just that it's subjugated by the overwhelming wonderfulness of his personality.

BirdGirl said...

I don't think that you will hate it. Jakes opening shot it worth the price of admission. I must admit, I did say "Oh my God". It is a bit preachy but being the way that I am, it really didn't bother me. I will def be going to see it again asap.

BTW Brian got the day off so he went with me so I didn't have to go by myself.

BirdGirl said...

Still no comment about the movie Cherita. Maybe the movie did kill her? Ha ha! :)

Cherita said...

Sorry for the long delay. I was out shopping for clothes all damn day, save the couple hours I spent in the theater while it poured rain outside.

I definitely didn't hate it, though hate wasn't quite what I predicted. And I was really glad that I absorbed more from the second viewing. Yes, Jake's Douglas Freeman was something new, but then, all of his characters are. I must say that as much as I did enjoy his opening scene, it did not live up to all my anticipation. I couldn't see as much of him as I had hoped. That obviously didn't stop me from wanting to see it again right away. ;) I was right, he does seem bigger in this role. Physically, he is intimidating. Maybe he really has grown two inches in the past year? Anyway, he's beautiful in it, and Douglas is just the right blend of human frailty and decency.