Jake Gyllenhaal talks about his scuffle in a men’s bathroom


Over the weekend, there were seemingly random reports of Jake Gyllenhaal getting into some kind of scuffle at the South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival. Jake was promoting his film Source Code, and he went for a potty break only to be accosted by a fan who tried to snap a photo of the Gyllendong. Anyway, when Jake did an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he confirmed this incident (and he talked about his movie):

Last night the SXSW Film Festival kicked off in Austin, TX with the world premiere of sci-fi mind-bender Source Code. Austin crowds come to love and the Summit film starring Jake Gyllenhaal—who caused quite a stir with the hordes of fans, one of whom got a little camera-happy in the men’s room (dude, gross)—enjoyed a warm reception. Directed by Moon‘s Duncan Jones, the film follows Gyllenhaal’s Captain Colter Stevens, a soldier who wakes up from his tour of duty in the body of a strange man on a doomed train. Colter soon discovers that he’s part of a mission to ferret out the identity of a bomber and so, in delightfully taut eight-minute blocks aboard a commuter train bound for Chicago, he races to thwart a terrorist plot. EW spoke to Gyllenhaal on the morning after Source Code’s premiere.

EW: There are rumors that there was a rather heated scuffle in the theater bathroom last night as a fan tried to take your picture at an inelegant time?
JG: (laughs) That’s true. I think it’s an appropriate space to keep privacy. I hope that people wouldn’t disagree with me on that.

EW: Last night on stage, Duncan Jones said it was you who brought him on board Source Code. Were you a fan of Moon (the director’s beloved 2008 meditative sci fi film)?
JG: I’d seen Moon and I thought this guy must have a fantastic mind. And I’d been told there was a project that he wants to make that he was interested in me playing one of the roles for. So I said of course I want to meet him. At the meeting I told him ‘Oh there’s this other script that I would really love for you to read.’ I never thought that he would want to do Source Code because he tends to write and direct his own things. But we sent it to him on a roll of the dice and five days later he was like “I want to do the movie.”

EW: Why was Duncan the right fit?
JG: What always scares me is people tend to lose character and a sense of “Why?” on a behavioral, human, psychological level when they’re dealing with something that can be entertaining. When you deal with something that is potentially commercial people just say “Oh, we’ll get to that later.” The movie was not anything I wanted to make unless it was with someone who was a real visionary. And humor too. Duncan has a great sense of humor—dirty and dark and great. I think the great thing about sci fi is there’s a little bit of a campy quality always. I don’t think anybody should take themselves too seriously in time continuum.

EW: Did you stay to watch the movie?
JG: I did. My best friend lives in Austin and he came with his girlfriend. Literally he grabbed my leg at one point and then at another time, in that scene where I jump off the train, he was like “Oh my god, what the hell?!” I was like “Yes!”

[From Entertainment Tonight]

Regarding the boys’ room scuffle: Um, sure, I do think that fans should just let celebrities pee in peace, for the love of God. That being said, there’s something about the idea of Jake in the men’s bathroom with his fly unzipped and a fan trying to manhandle him… well, it just seems like there’s more to the story!

Regarding Source Code: it looks like a stinker to me, but what do I know? I just don’t think the audience buys Jake as any kind of super-butch military/action-y character.


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  1. Rita says:

    I’ve told Swifty time and time again, don’t reach under the partition. It’s not lady like. (I told JT the same thing).

  2. brin says:

    LOL….wonder what Taylor Swift thought of this.

  3. brin says:

    Mornin Rita…I see we are thinking alike!

  4. Theresa says:

    I am sooo hypersensitive to the “is Jake Gay???” rumors that I read the last statement as a bit of TMI: why does he need to mention that his best friend brought his girlfriend? And I giggled as he mentioned how he grabbed his leg…

    Oh, I will never be able to read anything about Jake without trying to find the double entendres!!

  5. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    It took so much effort to get the pic cause he had to use a special lens to get the close up.

    Jake is sooo sensitive.

  6. mia girl says:

    Taking a picture of someone while he is going wee is a wee bit too much.

  7. Quest says:

    How classy…these photogs need to get real.

  8. Eve says:

    The reason why I think he might be gay is that he tries a way too hard to show he’s straight…kinda like Tom Cruise back in the day (or now, or till the end of days).

  9. Rita says:


    Morning babe. Kaiser gave us gold with J-Swifty.

  10. lucy2 says:

    In the bathroom??? That’s so unbelievably rude!

  11. Isabel says:

    My mind went “there” when he said his best friend grabbed his leg during the movie. HIS THIRD LEG!

  12. Catherine the Great says:

    Oh, Jakey! He not only spikes on my gaydar but also seems to be a douche. But I have to admit I really liked him as Swafford in Jarhead.

  13. mia girl says:

    If you know there are rampant gay rumors about you, why oh why do you make a statement like my best friend “grabbed my leg”??!! In a dark movie theater no less?!!

  14. lcat says:

    The movie actually seems like it might be ok. May watch it. I don’t think anyone can really buy him as a tough military man though.

  15. LindaR says:

    “Scuffle”. So that’s what they call it now. I can’t wait for my husband to get home tonight. “Hey honey. You want to scuffle?” “Babe. How ’bout I scuffle you off.”

  16. kmn says:

    Jake seems like a sweetheart and all that, but I’ve never bought him as straight. He has some serious gay-face going on.

  17. the original bellaluna says:

    I saw Source Code a couple years ago – it was called Deja Vu, with Denzel Washington and Jim Caviezel. (OK, so it was Deja Vu, and Source Code is a low-brow rip off. No offence intended.)

  18. serena says:

    I just can’t bring myself to like him.
    First of all I find him extremely ugly and a super douche. So, what the hell girls and others finds in him?
    He’s not even funny.

  19. I Choose Me says:

    Saw him in the Prince of Persia and I kinda get the appeal. The only other time I thought he was hot was that view of his naked rear end in Jarhead. I for one don’t think he’s gay but I do think he’s a bit of a douche. That said, who takes a picture of someone while they’re having a piss? SMH.

  20. ordinarygirl86 says:

    What a violation of someone’s privacy…I’d prob try to clock somebody if they were trying to videotape me on the toilet too

  21. Newbie says:

    Seems gay to me.

  22. ERM says:

    Gay or not, the point is that the photog is a leach and pervert! Sadly, can you imagine how much a website would pay for a picture like that. Enough is enough!

  23. Tiffany says:

    A schuffle with a man in a restroom with his pants down, you know what I call that…foreplay.

  24. funny_girl says:

    who cares if he is gay or not..he’s a lovely guy, let him live his life in peace! 🙂

    i think he’s cute and very sweet 🙂 good actor too!:)

    but he defo had no chemistry with anne hathaway in their film, if the trailer is anything to go by..

  25. sandy says:

    not gay, very sweet and respectable, he’s cute and a good actor, i guess in Hollywood, that’s gay. geeze.

  26. icantbelievethis says:

    @funny_girl I just saw that movie and it was so good! It was one of the few movies I actually bought so I could watch it again.

  27. Magsy says:

    He was probably trying to grab some guys weiner.