Swifty-Poo was waiting for him to fly into town and he never showed up!Jake Gyllenhaal got one step closer to his dream of becoming a father this week - although not quite in the way he might have expected.The first was Patriots Day, an exercise in chest-thumping that focused on the capture of the two bombers and enabled native Bostonian Mark Wahlberg (whose early life in the city was anything but heroic) to look dauntless as a fictitious cop.
In the campaign, Jake is pictured with Ethiopian model Liya Kebede and cute four-year-old actress Leila who he gazes attentively down upon, according to W Magazine.
Jake who has been linked to an array of actresses from Taylor Swift to Kirsten Dunst said that he wants to become more of an adult and hopefully do that with a family of his own one day. They are the most amazing girls,' he told the magazine.
Several of the roles that followed echoed former projects in complexity: Gyllenhaal played Jennifer Aniston's troubled love interest in (2002), the actor portrayed a young man grieving over the death of his fiancee along with her family.
In spring 2002, Gyllenhaal also starred on the London stage in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of (2005), a love story of two cowboys who fall in love with each other.
There is a very good scene in which his mother Patty (Miranda Richardson, improbably cast, but wonderful) exults at the news that her beloved Oprah Winfrey is coming to town to interview him. Director David Gordon Green and screenwriter John Pollono do not shrink from the notion that there is something rather tawdry and downright exploitative about turning such a man into a civic champion.
Another scene, almost painful to watch, sees him waving his star-spangled banner before a Boston Bruins ice-hockey game, while the crowd roars its approval.
Not having read his book, I expected his story to unfold in the predictable Hollywood manner, with him radiating courage as he learns to cope with his sudden disability, absorbing and dispensing life lessons left, right and centre. Jeff is a decent, but flawed, guy before the bombing and no less flawed afterwards, especially in his relationship with the long-suffering Erin.
Even more challenging for those who routinely lionise the victims of terrorism, he is traumatised not just by his terrible injuries, but also the subsequent attempt to haul him, almost literally, onto a pedestal.
Along with Calvin Klein ads, Jake can also be found in his new movie, Stronger, released late last month in which he plays Jeff Bauman, a man who loses both of his legs when two bombs explode during the Boston Marathon.
Rating: Stronger is the second film this year to dramatise the after-effects of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
For being in the wrong place at the wrong time, he is being treated as a hero. Stronger is a film about working-class America, too.