Friday Flesh: Jake Gyllenhaal

In honor of the Oscars, today’s Friday Flesh is the one– the only– Best Supporting Actor Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal.

The first time that I saw Jake was in “The Day After Tomorrow,” the end-of-the-world drama/action flick where he was stuck in a frozen New York City Public Library with some girl that I can’t remember. It was an okay flick… but Jake stood out for me. Those eyes. That goofy smile. He wasn’t perfect, but he was darn close. I could stand another look-see.

Then came “Jarhead”, which I didn’t see, but for which I saw plenty of promos. Of Jake in various stages of undress. With the shaved head. In military garb. If I didn’t have a uniform obsession before, I could easily have built one with this flick.

But “Brokeback Mountain” firmly implanted him not only in my psyche, but on my lips as a “household name”. Sure, Heath Ledger was the true lead in the film, but Jake’s performance was equally as powerful, and his presence cannot be ignored. So what if he’s not the front-runner for the Oscar? We still love him.

Jakey, you win plenty of awards in my book. Just keep flashing that smile (and that bod) and stay adorable.

I don’t think that’ll be a problem.

And don’t forget, if you are in the Chicago area and need someplace FUN to go for the Oscar Telecast, and have about, oh, $40 to spare ($50 at the door), come to Sidetrack and join the boys of the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (including me!) for our annual Oscar Party, titled “Oscar and His Men!” The party starts at 5:00 pm, and it’s sure to be a fun-filled evening, with food, free drinks, entertainment, and the chance to win some incredible prize packages! All of the info is at, the chorus website.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!