Monday, December 14, 2020

5 Off My Head: Jake Crazy

I don't know if you guys know this -- perhaps you don't have this written in your calendars four times like I do, in which case I just feel sorry for you -- but today marks the start of a very important week for us terminal case Gyllenhaalics. This Saturday, December 19th, is Jake Gyllenhaal's 40th birthday! Huzzah indeed! For those of us who've been following his career real close (over 1100 posts close, haha) for the past nineteen years, since Donnie Darko hit in 2001 basically, this feels momentous. That sweet little nutter's become a grown ass man!

Anyway I felt like I had to mark the occasion properly, so I'm going to do a Top 5 Jake list every single day this week. It only seems right after all he's given us. Starting us off today's topic will dive into one of Jake's favorite sports -- mental illness! I think you could classify a full 50% of Jake's roles as at the very least obsessive, whether he's losing years of his life trying to solve a serial killer's cryptic riddles, or dancing on stage with an adorable super-pig. Forthwith my faves!

My 5 Favorite "Jake's Nuts!" Performances

Mr. Music, John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch

Louis Bloom, Nightcrawler

Morf, Velvet Buzzsaw

Adam / Anthony, Enemy

Johnny Wilcox, Okja

Runners-up: I am classifying Donnie Darko, Bubble Boy, and Zodiac as runners-up only on the technicality that they aren't actually as messed up as these other five -- Donnie & Robert Graysmith are both basically right on about their respective obsessions, while Jimmy from Bubble Boy is just too dang harmless. 


What are your favorites "Jake's gone nuts!" moments?


Anonymous said...

His performance in Okja was so bonkers and bizarre I was surprised so many people hated it. I mean it WAS bad but somehow extremely enjoyable in a peculiar way lol

Steve said...

more low-key but still definitely nuts: his performance as Holden in The Good Girl (2002).

Jason Adams said...

YES great choice, Steve. I haven't seen TGG in so so long, gotta re-watch that beaut.

J.D. said...

There are too many great performances