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I met Jake Gyllenhaal and his beard at the Toronto International Film Festival where End of Watch made its US premiere. It was almost 6pm, but he was still in good spirits, even though I was feeling delirious from a day full of interviews and screenings. The drama about two cops who attempt to bust a drug cartel works because of the great rapport between his character and Michael Pena’s, so I was surprised to find out from the director beforehand that the two didn’t get on right away, and they really had to work at developing that on-screen relationship.
What didn’t surprise me was finding out Jake is yet another celeb that loves Die Antwoord. That list just keeps on growing and growing…
Continuing with the local link, Michael impressed me with his South African accent. Turns out he’s friends with Cokey Falkow and his brother, Mike, two South African actors who now live in LA. At least he has a good example to copy should he ever be cast as a South African one day.
End of Watch hits the SA cinema circuit this weekend.
It seems like there is no end to the high-profile, big-name fans Die Antwoord are collecting. While talking to Danny DeVito for The Lorax earlier today, the actor, at the end of our interview, asked me about “that guy and the girl band from South Africa”. In return, I asked if he caught their appearance on David Letterman last night (see Exhibit A below).
His response follows after the video.
You can just hear the disappointment in his voice:
The tape stopped rolling but I asked him if he understood the lyrics, since many of them are in Afrikaans and he said “yeah”.
“That guy is so good – he’s really clever,” Danny said, before adding, “and the girl, she just keeps repeating the same thing over and over. I love it!”
I almost missed my next interview – with Zac Efron – because Mr DeVito kept talking about the group. Let’s hope he manages to catch them on their American tour, which kicks off on Thursday. We wouldn’t want him to be disappointed again!
Next to, “how bad is the crime there?” and “you don’t sound South African?”, one of the most frequent questions I get asked here is, “do you know Die Antwoord?” (this is usually followed up by, “are they for real?”). To say the band has made an impact overseas is an understatement, but with a following that includes filmmaker David Lynch and singer Katy Perry, I wanted to know if our girl Charlize was a fan too.
Charlize Theron’s new movie, Young Adult, is driven by an 80′s soundtrack (and the Mini Cooper she drives in it even has a tape-deck player), so I wanted to know some of her favourite bands right now, and whether she listens to Die Antwoord. For the first part, she credits iTunes with opening her up to new artists. Here is her response to the second part – along with co-star Patton Oswalt’s reaction.
Young Adult is on circuit in the US from today. It opens in SA in March 2011.