Just to out myself fully: I am a Jake Gyllenhaal fan.
Yes, I know that leaves me open to "Brokeback Mountain" jokes, whatever. I thought that movie was decent, if not a bit slow, and although the 'controversy' of some of the story got the most attention, it had additional merits with the scenery and Michelle Williams's acting. But as for Jake, I can't not think of "Donnie Darko" no matter what other movies he makes, which is one of my favourite movies of all-time.
And then, there's Stephen King's "The Stand", which happens to be my favourite childhood/teenage book of all-time. Though the 90s TV miniseries was somewhat cheesy in the special effects department, it was still awesome to see that narrative on video. I taped the whole thing on VHS, but now have the DVD (and just noticed that it's streamable on Netlix!) Also, Gary Sinise cemented his awesomeness that movie, which was only solidified later in "Forrest Gump", and Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper" somehow increased it's awesomeness factor beyond 100% by opening the film.
So I just saw the rumor/news that there is going to be a movie (re-)made of "The Stand" -- and Stephen King's suggestion (though he doesn't really have the most say in this) is that Jake Gyllenhaal gets the lead as Stu Redman!
What does this have to do with anything that this blog purports to be roughly about? *Everything* -- Jake is already an advocate of trail and barefoot running, and was recently featured in Men's Health talking about cycling and running in L.A. Even more notably, Brandon provided the big scoop last August that led to rumors of Jake starring in a "Born to Run" movie. I still have hope that he shows up in Leadville this August.
As for "The Stand," if you aren't familiar with it, I won't spoil too much by telling you it's an apocalyptic tale that essentially leads to a battle between good and evil. The bad folks live in Las Vegas, NV, while the good people establish a home base in...
And part of the final confrontation has the characters travelling from Boulder to Las Vegas...on foot.
Anyway, could you imagine the combined awesomeness of Jake Gyllenhall in "The Stand?" Wouldn't that be the limit?
"M-O-O-N," that spells awesome, laws yes!