Jake Gyllenhaal and Bear Grylls rough it on ‘Man vs. Wild,’ the photo evidence


A couple of weeks ago, we were busily scratching our collective heads over why Jake Gyllenhaal, a.k.a. “He Who Cuddlefests,” has decided to guest star alongside host Bear Grylls on the season premiere of “Man vs. Wild.” Some of you thought that Jake was trying to prove his manliness, and one or two of you thought he was just a fan of the show. I’m inclined to hang with the former school of thought, however far-fetched the desired end result might seem.


At any rate, the Jake episode will air next Monday on the Discovery Channel, but ET has a sneak peek of the duo as they defy death in the harsh, unfriendly Iceland climate. Naturally, the video is stuck on autoplay, so we’re not posting it, but you can watch it here. It’s pretty hilarious to watch Jake attempting to haul his body across the length of a rope that stretches over an enormous cavern, but I’ll resist making any stunt wiring jokes. However, I’m certainly not beyond imagining that, once the harrowing experience concluded, Jake and Bear hopped into a luxury SUV and feasted upon White Bean Dip with Rosemary Olive Oil and Slushy Watermelon Mojitos as the vehicle sped along to its ultimate spa destination.




Once again and for those of you who think I’m being too tough on Jake (who I actually like a lot), here’s a refresher on the process by which a “Man vs. Wild” can be faked:

Photos courtesy of Discovery.com

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  1. Roma says:

    Why did Jake sign up? Because he heard “Bear!” and he was all over that.

    He was just disappointed when he got a parka and not a leather vest.

  2. Lauren says:

    What the hell were we supposed to get from that video? I do believe that a lot of that show is fake though but that man is sexy.

  3. Ellen says:

    Again? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  4. Jackson says:

    Loved this show when it first came out. Absolutely hated it once I realized how fake it was. Whatever happened to the ‘Survivorman’ show? That one was awesome.

  5. Turtle Dove says:

    Roma – rotfl. omg I have tears in my eyes.

    Roma’s comment aside, Jake is a cutie.

    (still lol-ing though)

  6. Sloane Wyatt says:

    “It takes balls. I’m not joking”- Bear

    “Well, they’re right up in my throat right now”- Jake G

    I shit you not. Watch their coming out video!


  7. jamminatorr says:

    Jackson: Survivorman still plays on OLN but I believe he wrapped the final season a year ago or so, because he wanted to be with his family.

    And Bear is fake fake fake. If anyone actually took any of his ‘survival’ advice they would die for sure. “Hey, I’m alone, hours from ‘civilization’ with no medical help available… I’m gunna jump off a cliff!” Stupid.

  8. islandwalker says:

    Can someone tell me why people think he’s gay?

  9. OtherChris says:

    @Roma! You are too funny.

    Even though I don’t think he’s gay.

  10. LisaMarie says:

    @jackson – I loved Survivorman. Les Stroud is the real deal, unlike Bear.

  11. Quest says:

    I really like him and don’t think he is gay…would love the opportunity to prove that theory. :)

  12. normades says:

    He needs to stop trying so hard not to appear gay. It’s just making it worse.

  13. TG says:

    I too used to love that show, but got tired of his antics. It is funny to see how many times he can get naked in a show. You would be dead if you ever tried any of his methods. I got good at guessing what stunts he would try. My husband and I would watch and I would say watch this he is going to climb that tree to cross the alligator invested swamp or he is going to climb down that waterfall, etc. Also, I don’t like how he kills animals for no reason. He isn’t in a survival situation since he has cameramen there to feed him. He could just show us that this is what you would do and not actually kill them. I do enjoy the show Dual Survival because they are funny. And Les Stroud is funny too and seems much more realistic. I think the producers told him to lose some weight to compete with the hot Bear! Love how scared Les looks when he is in the jungle or in Africa expecting any moment to be eaten by a jaguar or lion.

  14. TG says:

    OK I just watched that video up above and could someone tell me what it is supposed to prove? Was this a location Bear used in one of the espisodes? Because it made no sense to me. I was disappointed to learn about the show being fake a year or so ago, but I didn’t follow the story.

  15. moonbeams says:

    Last Fall, when Jake was promoting a movie with Ann Hathaway, an interviewer asked him about turning 30 in a few weeks. He said he wanted to do something adventurous and unusual to mark his 30th birthday, like swimming in the Arctic or something. So, when I heard Jake was doing this show with Bear Grylls I figured it was to fulfill his 30th birthday wish to have an adventure. That’s not real difficult to understand is it?

  16. Chris says:

    You guys do realize he was acting in Broke Back Mountain right? Perhaps I should also point out that James Gandolfini isn’t really in the mafia and Michael C Hall isn’t a serial killer. Shocking isn’t it?

  17. Mel says:

    I think straight actors can definitely play gay and wouldn’t think twice about it. His reputation stems from rumors plus a very famous blind vice in Ted Casablancas’ Awful Truth column that has lasted many years (although I don’t think he’s been confirmed). There was also a supposed arrest where he was caught in an SUV with an actor friend/lover in a parking lot. Hence the gay comments previously posted. I think he’s a good actor who’s done some very fine acting in some of his movies.

  18. Carolyn says:

    Boys’ day out. What fun. I love Bear however yes also think that as soon as the camera’s off he’s off to a cosy hotel and some of the “rescues” at the end are amazingly timed. Not fussed if Jake is gay or not. I would definitely watch this. Think adding celebs gives the show a new dimension.

  19. Shy says:

    I don’t understand why people are so surprised by this. Remember how Julia Roberts went to Mongolia for filming program on some channel? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i3dv0t2YEU

    Celebrities do such things. Also remember how Lindsay Lohan went to India to save children? :)

    If Jake want’s it then let him do it. But Bear is such a liar that I can’t take him serious. Also if you would fall all his survivor tips then you would be dead in 1 hour. It always cracks me up. Like – Oh look, you are in winter woods. Minus 30 degrees. No people around to save you. There is a lake or river. Why won’t you swim through it. And then you will get out of freezing water and very fast run to woods, make a fire and will be saved… And don’t mind that any ordinary human will die even if his leg will be wet in freezing cold. And sometimes it’s so hard to make fire even if you have matches and paper. It’s doesn’t want to burn. It may take you ten minutes to make it burn.

    There is no way you can make fire in winter cold without matches and paper.
    But he makes it look so easy that people would think that it peace of cake. And when they will be lost for real then they are gonna be in big trouble. And at any circumstances you should not go through lake or river and get wet in cold.

    And Bear always makes it look so easy and fun that you just want to go and lost immediately. Of course when he sleeps in hotels and eats with crew and when he jumps to frozen lake then in 10 minutes he probably sits in hot warm trailer and drink hot chocolate. Of course it looks easy.

    If a would be lost then in no way ever I would cross frozen river. If I will fall then there is no way I would be able to get out and make fire in 5 minutes. Even if I will have matches – it will just not effing burn.

  20. gobo says:

    I only watched one episode of that guy Bear’s show. It was set in Ireland and words cannot describe how hilariously bad it was. Listening to him describe the Irish countryside you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s some kind of wilderness.

  21. Nicky says:

    “His reputation stems from rumors plus a very famous blind vice in Ted Casablancas’ Awful Truth column that has lasted many years (although I don’t think he’s been confirmed).”

    Not one single rumor has ever been substansiated. And anyone who believes any of Ted’s BI should just give up on life because it shows how utterly stupid they are.

    “There was also a supposed arrest where he was caught in an SUV with an actor friend/lover in a parking lot.”

    This piece of (again) unsubstantiated info originated from a former PA in Hollywood (not Jake’s) who was trying to sell a book by making up a bunch of BS about celebs (he failed). If Jake had been busted, there would have been a police report which would have surfaced by now.

    I don’t have a problem with people assuming he’s gay but I do question anyone’s intelligence when they base their opinion of Jake’s sexual orientation from Ted C, who is more than likely just projecting his own wishful thinking.

  22. The Bobster says:

    I remember when ugly people like Jake were character actors, not leading men.

  23. kimberly says:

    love Jake!

    he’s manly hot and not bitchy girl looking like nearly every other man in hollywood! Yes cast of True Blood I’m talking to you girlie boys!!