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Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Ed Zwick talk about nudity, love and other drugs... • Page 1 of 2
At the premiere: Hathaway, Zwick and Gyllenhaal
19.Dec.80 • Los Angeles
12.Nov.82 • Brooklyn
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When Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Ed Zwick walk into the room, there's definitely a sense that they've been through an experience together. Indeed, their film Love & Other Drugs is not only a pointed comedy about drug companies, it's also an emotional drama about personal illness and an unusually sexy romance. They look a little tired from jetting around promoting the film, but they're also extremely relaxed together, and comfortable enough to make lame jokes at each other's expense. Although no one mentions the rather striking contrast between Jake's deep tan and Anne's porcelain skin...
Anne and Jake, was working together again something that drew you to this project?
Jake Gyllenhaal: I just think there comes a time in different people's lives where they say, "Do I have real love? Do I want real love? What is real love?" When I read the script I happened to be in a period of time where that seemed to be a pertinent question. I very rarely have a moment where I get excited and I go, "Somebody wrote this for me and they don't know it." And I felt that way when I read this for the first time. I was loving the character at first and then I was crying at the end, because when he says, "Sometimes your life doesn't go the way you expect it to, and usually it doesn't. And if you follow life and not what you think it should be, then it'll all work out in the end." Somehow that just moved me to the core and I couldn't not do it. And then I've also always wanted to get naked with Anne again in a movie and I felt like this was an opportunity to help her, so I just dove right in.
Jake: Yes, it was out of pity that I did it.
Anne: I hate you!
Jack: Well, I was the 45th actor to be offered the role, because after everyone heard they had to be naked with Anne they turned it down!
This is very different from the bigger epics you're known for.
In the film, Maggie asks Jamie to list four things he likes about himself. Could you do that about yourself?
The real Jamie was on the set. How did he help you play him on screen?
And were the people in the convention scene really people with Parkinson's?
Anne: Yes, a few people were actors and a few people had Parkinson's.
Ed: They all had Parkinson's.
Anne: Yes, and some of them were also actors. The woman who is most heavily featured in that scene, the emcee of the support group, is an actress and she works with a disabled person's theatre group in Denver. She gave me a lot of different insights. I spoke with a few people with early onset Parkinson's Disease, not just about the physical symptoms or what the side effects were from the medication, or what it was like to be on that kind of a schedule, but also the anxiety of being sick and what it was like to have Stage 1. Because I think we are right to do so and make it very clear in the film that Stage 1 is very much about good days and bad days. And everyone asked me the same question: "Has she accepted her diagnosis yet?" Which led me to believe that there's a whole world of anxiety before you come to that moment. Michael J Fox very eloquently and gracefully describes his relationship with Parkinson's as having evolved to a place where he thinks of it as a gift. But it's quite a journey to get there and I think one of the strengths of the film - and one of the things that drew me to my character - was the articulation of that journey and getting to play that.
Was it tricky to adapt a book by and about a living person?
© 2010 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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