Jake Gyllenhaal was interviewed by Jeff Bauman with hilarious results


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Jake Gyllenhaal may be on his way to his second Academy Award nod for his upcoming movie Stronger, the true life story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman. The movie, which hits theaters this Friday, is based on the memoir of the same name penned by Jeff, who lost both legs during the tragic event.

Jake and Jeff attended the premiere of the film last week and, it seems the two have struck up quite the friendship. Jeff has already taken a few good-natured pokes at Jake and now, the two share jabs in a hilarious Facebook Live Q&A that was posted on Jake’s feed on Monday.

In the (too short) clip, the two interviewed each other. Jeff had what I thought was gong to be a “Chris Farley Show” moment, asking Jake, “You know Van Wilder, right?” He went on to say, “I really wanted him to play me. I was just wondering why he didn’t. He would have been better, I think.” Bazinga.

Jake zinged back by asking Jeff what his favorite Boston movie was (“besides Steel Magnolias” – it was actually Good Will Hunting) and then asked him, “Have you ever actually eaten a Wahlburger and, if so, what happened to you two or three hours later?”

Jake must really like Jeff because he even broke his silence about his relationship with Taylor Swift. Well, kind of. Jeff inquired, “If you lost your legs in real life, do you think Taylor Swift would write a song about it?” Jake responded, “For me, or about it?” Jeff helpfully clarified, “For you, like a country song,” to which Jake noted, “She’s sort of moved more into pop now.” Way to pull a swerve, Gyllenhaal.

I don’t know if he had a writer, but Jeff’s got jokes. He went on to ask Jake “you ever thought about doing a good movie?” And, when Jake said he’d like to run the Boston marathon himself, Jeff followed up with, “You ever think you could do it without your pack of bodyguards?” and then “While you were shooting in Boston, what was the best meal you had flown in from LA?” before wrapping up the interview by joking “My producers told me we’re out of time.” Can someone get these two a show of their own?

Jake may have briefly talked about his former flame, but DO NOT come for his sister Maggie for information. Promoting her new HBO series The Deuce (which is awesome) on Watch What Happens Live, she was asked about the 2012 Swift song “All Too Well”, that may or may not be about Jake and may or may not have referenced Maggie with the lyric “left my scarf there at your sister’s house/and you still got it in your drawer even now.” Upon hearing the question, Maggie replied, “I never understood why everybody asked me about this scarf. What is this?” And, to lay the subject to rest, she announced “I am in the dark about the scarf.” So there.

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  1. MI6 says:

    Classic 🤣

  2. ell says:

    hahaha, bless. i love both of the gyllenhaals reactions btw.

    that said, i don’t understand why people take TS’ lyrics to the letter. that’s what writers/song writers do; exaggerate reality.

  3. ORIGINAL T.C. says:

    “I never understood why everybody asked me about this scarf. I am in the dark about the scarf.”

    Shaaaade. Translation: sorry Swifty, no one remembers your scarf or cared about it. Jake doesn’t have it in his underwear drawer sniffing your scent each night. Conceited much?

  4. Jessi says:

    Everybody is like more than 5 years late to ask these questions lol

  5. Marion C says:

    I just hope their friendship continues after all the promotion and everything wraps.

  6. Serene Wolf says:

    “You ever thought about doing a good movie?” – made me giggle.

  7. Louise177 says:

    The thing that annoys me about questioning Taylor’s exes is that these weren’t relationships but flings. Accept for Calvin Harris, none lasted more than a couple of months but people act like they lasted for years. I think most people forgot Jake and Taylor dated until it’s time to interview him.

    • Alleycat says:

      That’s because Taylor writes like these flings were all very serious relationships. She basically wrote entire albums about Jake and Harry, so her fans actually believe they were amazing love stories.

    • QueenB says:

      Its not only people who act like they lasted for years. There is this blonde singer who does that too.

  8. CharlieBouquet says:

    They are so cute as friends lol, I giggled reading all that. I love JG as an actor. I think the first movie I saw with him was as a kid building rockets, loved that movie.

    • third ginger says:

      Yes. OCTOBER SKY. I have loved him ever since.

    • Abby says:

      YESSS OCTOBER SKY! I loved that movie and I fell in love with him in it!

      I think he can be cheeseball… prince of Persia?? But he’s kind of like my (real) husband in that he’s hot and will do things even if it makes him look silly.

      I like watching Jake’s movies whenever I can! This one looks good, and I like that the actual man portrayed was so involved in the movie process.

  9. lightpurple says:

    I hope this film is good and does well for both the sake of Jake and Jeff. It is going to be difficult to watch. Still so fresh for so many people here.

  10. Parigo says:

    I love Maggie’s dress.

    • Applecore says:

      She said on WWHL it’s from the The Vampire’s Wife which is actually Nick Cave’s wife, Susie. I was excited since I’m a huge Nick Cave fan.

  11. spidey says:

    Am I the only one who thinks the interviewers are pathetically amateur for bringing up such old news.

    Hint to Tom f anyone does this, just ask them if they had ever thought of becoming an archaeologist!

    • third ginger says:

      Hi, dear. No question it’s pathetic. Especially with two of her nicest [I think] exes.

      • spidey says:

        Hi there, hope you haven’ t been affected by the hurricanes.

        It is just lazy journalism.

      • third ginger says:

        No. We are pretty far inland in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Florida and Texas, of course, are tragic. But many, many heroic people there.

  12. Flipper says:

    He’s adorable.

  13. CharlieBouquet says:

    That’s it! October Sky! Loved the boys friendships and the whole father / son thing. He seems really down to earth and you’re right lol, he is hubs material.

  14. onerous says:

    For the podcast listeners here: There’s an epic episode of Mystery Show where Starly Kine has to find out Jake Gyllenhaal’s height. It’s fantastic. (Though not as compelling as the episode about the belt buckle… go listen!)

  15. The New Classic says:

    I can’t wait to see this movie! I love Jake Gyllenhaal, but to be honest I’m going to support my girl Tatiana Maslany. I hope this movie does amazing numbers at the box office.

  16. thaisajs says:

    Jeff makes me like Jake more than I ever have before. I’ve seen them do a couple of interviews and they both seem like good dudes — which is not something I probably would have said about Jake before. I probably wouldn’t have said much about him either way, cause he’s just one of those actors who does his thing and kinda blends back into the woodwork. Anyway, I wish both of them the best. What happened to Jeff was horrible.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Jeff is a hero & not just for what he has done through his recovery but for what he did as the bombing aftermath was unfolding. He saw the Tsarnaevs place the bag under the mailbox. Fearing he wouldn’t survive, Jeff began telling everyone around him what he had seen and gave a description of Tamerlan Tsarnaev that police were able to match against video.

  17. Dee Kay says:

    I love both Maggie and Jake Gyllenhall. However, I HATED the first episode of The Deuce. Hated. It. Am I the only one?

  18. JulP says:

    This movie is getting great reviews! I’m a huge fan of Jake so I hope it does well at the box office (and he damn well better get an Oscar nomination after being shut out for his brilliant performances in Nocturnal Animals, Nightcrawler and Prisoners).

  19. Miss V says:

    I. Love. Jake. That it all.