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Jake Gyllenhaal, photographed by Mario Testino - Hunk du Jour

Happy Valentine's Day! I have to send out V-Day lovin' to my partner Douglas. And what better way to say "I Love You" than with the uber-handsome Jake Gyllenhaal? Photographer Mario Testino is widely regarded as one of the best, and we can see why.

For the final installment of Who We're Thankful For, I focus on some of the hunky actors that I have been particularly thankful for in 2006.

Jake Gyllenhaal - Hunk du Jour

Jake Gyllenhaal : While Brokeback Mountain first hit the states in late 2005, Jake has been enjoying a steady stream of press and attention. Latest rumors have him hanging out a lot with Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey and possibly working on an Armstrong biopic. He also won an MTV Movie Award for best kiss in Brokeback Mountain.

Fausto & Miss Ronnie over at the Feast of Fools played a "rainy day" episode today (they'd taped it in advance, they're en route to New York City -- Mark was chiming in now and then) in which Fausto asked... What Would Jake Gyllenhaal Do?

Who knows... but he can do it at my place anytime!

One thing I love about TiVo is that you can set up actor wish lists -- so my current fixation on Jake Gyllenhaal is rewarded with suprise recordings of Bubble Boy (which we totally saw in theaters, and where my partner Doug totally dibs'd Jake to my then-disbelief) and Donnie Darko... which we watched last night.

It's easy to see why this movie has achieved cult film status... it's so dark, and twisted, and mind-warping. Plus you have that freakin' bunny man (mental note: next viewing is to occur when there's enough time to watch another film before bed). This is definitely one that we'll have to get on DVD so we can get the full effect... without TV edits and Bravo commercial breaks (imagine Project Runway promos interspliced with the bunny man.) Even with the TV edits... Jake was kinda chilling when he'd get that smirk on his face.

Doug's been checking out the official movie site this morning, which seems equally dark and complex.

Well, I finally saw Brokeback Mountain yesterday with a couple friends. (Don't bother trying to take my gay card away -- I ran it through the washing machine in 2002 and haven't been the same since.) Even with the incredible hype surrounding the film I was able to go into it fairly open minded.

The film kinda crept up on me as far as emotional investment... I might have been a bit guarded at the beginning, but by the end I was aware of the weight of the story on me -- like I could feel the oppression and guarded emotion. Even thinking back on it now is kinda getting me to that place again...

Anyway, BEAUTIFUL film -- it will be definitely going on my wish list for my DVD collection.

Towleroad Brokeback Coverage

Jake Gyllenhaal is hot stuff this Christmas... really, the man can do no wrong. Whether he's grinding in a santa g-string or mackin' on gay cowboys he's what Christmas dreams are made of.

Thank you, Jake Gyllenhaal, for making our silent nights a little sweeter. We salute you. :)

Update: Read how Jason kept bumping into Jake at Jason's Room via HomoMojo.

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