“So many films now are all about sex and love. But you really don't see the two of them coming together. I want love and sex in movies to be different than it has been. I definitely have an alpha-male aspect to me," said Jake.
Gyllenhaal"s latest film Love & Other Drugs is an original, thought-provoking and very funny exploration of love and sex, in which a relationship between Viagra salesman Jamie (Gyllenhaal) and Maggie (Anne Hathaway), an ostensibly confident woman with early-onset Parkinson's, develops into love.
“Jamie is the ultimate seducer and would have been perfectly happy to float through life minus the burden of responsibility or connecting to anyone - until he meets Maggie," said Gyllenhaal.
“There's not a whole lot of actual sex in the film. There is a lot of us talking with our clothes off, beforehand or after, and I think that's more real. You don't have a sheet draped across Annie's chest, because people don't tend to do that, do you know what I mean?
“It's uncomfortable when you're naked on set, but I do feel like an old hand at it at this point. I've done some pretty crazy things already. My parents taught me to feel comfortable about my body. They told me there's a beauty in whatever you are. Also I feel it's very important to portray love and sex in the right way.
“Besides, in our case, we'd already had faux movie sex in Brokeback Mountain. So we were relatively comfortable," he said.
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